It’s a common belief that being involved in musical activities has 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 had for them, but if you need some more convincing, we’ve brought together some interesting research findings to help you make up your own mind.
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
What the government says
At a time of economic hardship, the government has decided to continue to fund music education at significant levels. The Department for Education carried out a review of research into the benefits of music The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education and here are just some of their reasons why:
- 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
Music Mark: 10 things schools should know about music
Music Mark, the uk association for music education highlights 10 Benefits of music education for children.
Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything
“Teaching for creativity in schools must be prioritised” Durham Commission on Creativity and Education