We have heard or have read that music facilitates learning.
This is not a myth and we know the importance of it, but do we really value it and use it in our classrooms?
Here are some reasons why we should incorporate music into our classrooms.
1. Language Development
Music benefits children's ages two to nine language development.
2. Increased IQ
Children who were given music lessons over the school year tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups.
3. The Brain Works Harder.
Research has proven the theory that students who received music instruction had improved sound discrimination and fine motor tasks, and brain imaging showed changes to the networks in the brain associated with those abilities.
4. Spatial-Temporal Skills There is a l link between music and spatial intelligence, which means that understanding music can help children visualize various elements that should go together, like they would do when solving a math problem.
5. Improved Test Scores Music can help with basic memory recall, so students can easily memorize information and improve their test scores.
6. Being Musical
Music can improve our students' abilities in learning and other non music tasks, but it's important to understand that music does not make one smarter.
Words from an Expert- Musician Mariana Iranzi
"Music is important. It is essential in the mental, physical and emotional development of children. It helps in the development of math, listening, language, and motor skills and encourages creativity, expression and communication. Music connects others through history, art, geography, culture and dance. It supports the development of high self-esteem and confidence. Music is expression of the self and it's freedom. Music is a gift for life."