“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle 
our wonder as to who we are” -  Ralph Waldo Emerson


	‘Jazz tickles your muscles, Symphonies stretch your soul’
- James Whiteman


The PRIMARY BENEFIT of learning to play a musical instrument is the music itself!


  1. Bullet   Music enriches a child’s life, their experience of themselves, and their experience of

       the world.

  1. Bullet   Plus, it’s fun!



SECONDARY BENEFITS include:


Personal Development:

  1. Bullet   Music provides children with an outlet for personal expression

  2. Bullet   Students build confidence and improve self-esteem

  3. Bullet   Learning to play a musical instrument takes practice

  4.   Students develop discipline and experience the benefits of a good work

        ethic as they reach their goals in lessons and performance situations.


The Brain and The Body:

  1. Bullet   Learning to play the piano:

  2.   Develops hand-eye coordinatiion

  3.   Develops fine motor skills

  4.   Develops dexterity


Cognitive Development:

  1. Bullet  Learning to play the piano:

  2.   Improves cognitive skills

  3.   Improves memory

  4.   Fuses connections between the left and right brain


Learning and Thinking:

  1. Bullet  Music lessons encourage students to:

  2.   Explore how they learn best

  3.   Explore ways to improve their learning (learning how to learn)

  4.   Develop problem solving skills

  5.   Develop critical thinking



Many books have been written on the impact of music on the brain.  Some of these include:


  1. Bullet   This is Your Brain on Music:  The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin

  2. Bullet   Musicophelia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

  3. Bullet   Music with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen

  4. Bullet   Music and the Human Brain by Eliasar A. Simon

  5. Bullet   Music and the Mind by Anthony Storr



Similar books have also been written (more specifically) on the impact of music education on children’s emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development.


  1. Bullet  Music Makes the Difference: Music, Brain Development, and Learning by MENC (The

       National Association of Music Education)



These books are all available on Amazon.com.  Many are also available in my borrowing library. 


Just ask!

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