Back in grade school, whether music class or chorus was your favorite time of the week or the most terrifying, practicing music probably helped you in ways you didn’t know about. Even your teachers may not have realized this, but experts now know that practicing a musical instrument, including the voice, helps you to learn better in general.
Research shows that learning new musical skills reinforces existing neural pathways and helps create new ones, forming connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain in ways that no other activity does.
SMART MUSICAL KIDS
In early childhood, when music is best learned through play, singing helps develop a readiness for speech and cognitive activities in general.
With older children and young adults, research in U S schools shows that children who have music training surpass other kids in math, English, and test-taking in general. They get higher SAT scores. As a demographic, children engaged in musical activities also express a more cooperative and enthusiastic attitude in school.
Around the world, countries with the highest academic achievement prioritize and fund extensive music education.