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World Music Day (aka Make Music Day) is a free celebration of music around the world on 21 June. It’s a time to rejoice and shout about the many benefits that music and music education bring to our society. For that reason, let’s take a closer look at how learning music can positively change lives.

When thinking about the ways that music education helps children grow, milestones like recitals, concerts, and new pieces perfected are quick to come to mind. However, the fostering of young talent and the potential development of a lifelong passion are only two of the ways that learning about, playing, and listening to music can positively impact kids.

Socially, mentally, and academically, children can access developmental boosts as they learn about music — let’s call these non-musical outcomes. The non-musical outcomes of music education are numerous, significant, and, perhaps most importantly, backed by scientific study. Here are just a few of the ways kids stand to benefit from the study of music:

Academic Benefits

  • Raises grades in several subjects: Studying and playing music doesn’t just boost their grades in related classes, it also has the potential to improve their math, history, science, and English scores.
  • Improves verbal memory: Want your kids to remember to take out the trash? Sign them up for music lessons, since kids who receive musical training prior to age 12 may demonstrate superior verbal recollection abilities.

Emotional Benefits

  • Boosts anxiety management skills: Anxiety in childhood is common, but learning to play an instrument may help kids cope with anxious feelings by speeding the maturation of cortical thickness, which is linked to emotional regulation.
  • Promotes self-esteem: Good self-esteem is important to the emotional well-being and healthy social life of children, and it may be more present in children who receive training in an instrument.

Social Benefits

  • Increases empathy: In addition to boosting self-esteem, multi-year instrumental training is also linked to the development of empathy, an important step in social maturity.

Believe it or not, these are but a few of the ways music education can positively impact childhood development. Ready to learn more about the science behind these amazing gains? We The Parents have compiled an informative infographic that offers up hard evidence for the importance of music education — have a read.