WHY SHOULD YOU LEARN TO PLAY MUSIC?
SOME KEY REASONS TO LEARN MUSIC ARE:
1. Academic Improvement
2. Social Skill Development
3. Cognitive Growth and Awareness
4. Artistic Self-Expression for Anyone
It is no secret that music has a wonderful effect on all that listen, and it is no secret that these tangible effects go beyond enjoyment and into the classroom as well. Over the last several decades, many studies have taken place showing just how important exposure to music and music education is to human development. Test scores, numerical evaluations, speed, efficiency, even verbal interactions are just a scratch on the surface of these findings. It is wonderful to note that regardless of the never-ending discoveries researchers are making, there are always more reasons for people to delve into the world of music.
Aside from massive cognitive benefits, music has been tested to demonstrate a unique sense of tranquility and peace for those who suffer from PTSD or trauma-based disabilities. Music therapy has been linked to reduction of stress, as well as the spatial recognition of “good and bad sounds” that can help reestablish a PTSD victims’ connection to their surroundings. This even translates to those with traumatic brain injuries or developmental disabilities, which is a community that we at Sloan School of Music are passionate about serving. Whether it is memory, communication, or providing a fun and ingrain-able way to complete a task, there is a long and growing track record of disability success stories when it comes to what music can accomplish.