Changing young lives through music.
Academic Advantages of Being in Music
There are multitudes of advantages that are associated with involvement of music. Almost 80% of Americans felt that they performed better in school due to learning a musical instrument ("American Attitudes Toward Music"). This is because “Music enhances the process of learning.” Many brain functions are are nourished and the functions of the brain are shown to help learning (Konrad). Being around music can help with the intellectual impact on “perception of language,” resulting in helping people learn how to read, for musically involved individuals have been allowed to retain information verbally 17% percent better than those that aren’t (Hallam). With all of these factors occurring during high school, can lead to higher education possibly at college.
Advantages Beyond the Classroom
The advantages of music go far beyond the classroom. Many important life skills can develop in working in a small group of musicians, such as “development of trust and respect and skills of negotiation and compromise” (Hallam). Youth that participate in some sort of musical group have a very low chance of being a lifelong user of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs ("H. Con. Res. 266"). Also, In schools with musical instruction, the teachers found that their students had less aggression (Konrad). Studies by Dr. Frank Wilson who is an assistant clinical professor neurology at Cal School of Medicine, San Francisco has found that playing an instrument betters coordination, concentration, and improves eyesight and hearing. Another life skill that develops for students in music is their intellectuality (Mickela). The involvement does not only pertain to high school; there is a greater chance that a youth musician continues their instruments after high school is due a higher competence of beliefs and values (Keele University).