Many studies have shown that kids who learn music are generally smarter. Kids who learn to play musical instruments and can learn to make tunes not only enhance their musical ability but also the capabilities of their brain.
A 10 year study at UCLA which involved over 25,000 student proved that musical abilities at a younger age not only impact scores on standardized tests but also improve results on reading proficiency exams. A study compiled by the Music Education Conference profiles SAT and Achievement test takers which highlights that high school music students tend to score higher on the math and verbal portions of SATs compared to their peers who have not grown up with a musical background.
It turns out that students who learn to play piano at an early age tend to understand math and science concepts more easily. Children with piano training even perform 34% higher on tests that measure proportional reasoning such as ratios, fractions, proportions or any school education that is related to thinking within space and time. With a musical background children have better pattern recognition skills which can contribute to scores in science, maths and creative writing. The US Department of Education did a study on students with musical education and found that music students tend to receive more academic honors with more A & B grades compared to non-music students.
So why does this happen? What is at work here?
Learning instruments such as the piano and even learning how to recognize notes and their lengths in proportion to others exercises the part of the child’s brain that processes proportional thinking.
Proportional thinking is used in math and understanding fractions at higher levels. Children who learn to master the proportional thinking involved in understanding advanced math tend to go on to working in professional tech- fields such as doctors and engineers.
Educating kids in how to play musical instruments and learning how to understand musical notes and melodies enhances the brain’s ability to visualize and transform objects in space and time.
Learning to play music is also proved to develop discipline in kids which is an enormously beneficial academic achievement.
Also, learning to play music develops discipline that is beneficial to academic achievement.