“If we as a nation are serious about building a road to success for every student, we must include the arts in curricular planning from the elementary through college levels. It is clear from the research that learning through the arts provides the type of emotional, creative and expressive development that students can benefit from throughout their lives.”
A tremendous body of research documents the many benefits arts education provides to all students including: improved academic achievement, greater leadership and social skills, enhanced critical thinking and sharper problem solving skills.
There are numerous documented psychological and physiological health benefits that can be derived from playing a musical instrument, especially those that can help with coping with stress and anxiety. Here are just some of the latest scientific findings that support the health benefits of playing music.
Engaging in musical activities not only shapes the organization of the developing brain but also produces long-lasting changes even after brain maturation is complete. For example, those who frequently play a musical instrument are less likely to develop dementia compared to those who
do not, revealing that music works not only to train the brain, but also to protect cognitive functioning
These results point to powerful positive intervention effects of community-based art programs. They point to true health promotion and disease prevention effects appear to be reducing risk factors that drive the need for long-term care
This research reveals a relationship between quality music instruction and heightened academic performance and demonstrates the importance of considering music education programs as part of a quality curriculum…