5 Benefits of Music Education for Students

Whether your son is the next Mozart or just wants to try something new, he is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help students excel in ways beyond learning just the core academic subjects. Read on for six benefits of music education:
1. Higher Test Scores
Studies have shown that students who are involved with a music education program in school perform better on tests than students who don’t engage in music.  One study revealed that students in schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality or no music programs.
2. Language Development
Recent studies have indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Learning a musical instrument also improves how the brain understands human language, which can help students learn a second language.
3. Improved Self-Esteem
Music allows students to try something new and develop confidence as they master singing or playing an instrument. When students are working towards a common goal, they appreciate that their ‘voice’ and interests are heard and understood by others. This joint effort creates a sense of secure acceptance that is critical to their self-esteem.
4. Better Math Skills
Reading music includes learning quarter, half, and whole notes, which are essentially fractions. As Getting Smart explains, “When a music pupil has spent time learning about rhythm, he has learned to count. He is not counting numbers, per se, but he is most certainly using logic to count out the rhythms and bars, and working his way methodically through the piece. Many musical concepts have mathematical counterparts.”
5. Boost Creativity
Music nurtures students’ creative side, which can have an impact on their futures. The Arts Education Partnership states, “Employers identify creativity as one of the top five skills important for success in the workforce.” The partnership also suggests originality and flexibility are benefits of music education because they are key components of the creativity and innovation music requires. Finally, graduates from music programs report that creativity, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking are skills and competencies necessary in their work, regardless of whether they are working in music or in other fields.
The music program at The Kiski School provides a wealth of opportunities for students to develop and share their talent. Introductory courses teach performance, theoretical, and listening skills. The instrumental music program includes a jazz and symphonic ensemble with opportunities for individual study with private instructors. Two singing ensembles, the Glee Club and the Double Quartet, tackle music from the classic Americana to contemporary a cappella. All groups perform numerous times throughout the year, including trips to nearby girls' schools for joint concerts. To learn more about Kiski’s music program, contact us or schedule a visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, private, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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