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Benefits of Music

Taking part in musical activities brings huge benefits - from improving IQ to increasing self esteem, building team spirit to developing imagination. Every musician has their own experience of the positive effects music has for them, but if you need some more convincing, here are some interesting resources and research findings.

Music has changed my life. It is a huge part of who I am. I have learned so much about the world through music.

- Saxophonist Jess Gillam, Ulverston

Helpful Resources

OFSTED: Striking the right note: the music subject report
Model Music Curriculum
National Plan for Music: The Power of Music to Change Lives
ISM: Advocating for Music in Schools, A Guide
ISM: Primary Toolkit
Music Mark: 10 Things Schools Should Know About Music
Arts Council England: Music, a Guide for Governors

What the government says:

The Department for Education carried out a review of research into the benefits of music in 2011 - The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education. Here are just some of the reasons why they believe music is important:

  • Ofsted say that children’s involvement in music engages and re-engages pupils, increasing their self esteem, and maximising their progress in education and not just in music 

  • Research has shown a direct link between music and improved reading ability in children 

  • Evidence suggests a link between mathematics and music and a connection between music and increased scores in IQ. Music can have a positive impact on personal and social development, including increased self reliance, confidence, self-esteem, sense of achievement and ability to relate to others 

  • Participating in music groups and needing to work together towards a common goal, for example school bands, develops discipline, teamwork, cooperation, self-confidence, responsibility and social skills

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on?

Educator Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Music Mark #10Things

10 things Schools Should Know About Music was originally published by Music Mark five years ago and updated last year with the help of Birmingham City University. Working with BBC Bring the Noise they have relaunched the booklet alongside a film and poster. 

Music Mark 10 Things Poster A4 - landscape