Put Music Lessons at the Top of Your List for Back-to-School

It might feel like summer just started, but it’s already time to start thinking about back-to-school. Maybe this is the year your elementary-school student wants to win the Science Fair, or try out the after-school Mathletes club. For some of our students, this is their first year navigating a middle-school class schedule, with more classes and more homework. Or, if it’s their first year of high-school, grades actually count and the stakes can feel pretty high.

Fortunately, the decision to learn an instrument can only help your student’s academic performance this year, with a wealth of research indicating that music helps students solve problems, ace that math test, and remember all the causes of the Industrial Revolution.

Wondering how practicing the same song or chord progression over and over makes someone a better student? Look for improvement in the following areas, and you’ll be surprised to see how deeply music impacts the mind!

  • Advanced language skills and reasoning abilities: as students learn new sound combinations in music, they develop the ability to hear and understand subtle differences in spoken language. From learning a new language to speaking in front of an audience, advanced word fluency is a key factor in academic success. Students are also better prepared to “talk through” a difficult concept and engage in critical thinking during discussions. (Just hope they don’t use all these advanced language skills to argue their way out of homework or chores…)
  • A faster memory and better planning/sequencing skills, as well as a greater ability to complete tasks. Yep, that’s right, learning an instrument just might help your student finish their Science Fair project on time. That alone is a good enough reason to stick with piano lessons! Turns out the same skills used during sight-reading, memorizing music, and performing a finished piece are the ones needed to organize a project, research solutions, and stick with a task until it is finished.
  • According to an article in the most recent Journal of Educational Psychology, “students who participate in music-related activities between grades 7-12 achieve significantly higher scores on science, math, and English exams.” Just more evidence that the skills developed while learning an instrument transfer over into academics as well, and we think anything that makes algebra a little more bearable is a great investment!
  • Higher self-esteem and a stronger sense of personal identity. Students learn best when they feel happy, safe, and capable of learning new things, and learning an instrument provides students with countless opportunities for self-expression and personal growth. From mastering a difficult piece to feeling proud after a successful performance, music is a life-long resource for boosting self-esteem, which can help students develop a positive sense of identity while at school.

We hope the upcoming school year is full of fun adventures and positive learning experiences. Our instructors are committed to helping your student become the best learner possible, both in the studio and at school! Fall Semester at the Piano Place starts on August 19th, and enrollment for Fall lessons is now open at all of our studio locations, including our new space in South Jordan! Click here to enroll today, or visit our website for more information.

“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”
- Billy Joel
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