Below are some resources to help you better understand why the Arts & Music Matter in your child's life:
Benefits of Arts Enrichment
It’s been demonstrated in scientific studies that early exposure to the creative arts benefits children in the following ways:
Visual Arts, Arts History, & Creative Tech
Children that participate in Visual Arts and Art History gain a unique world perspective on the value and meaning of art through the ages, among many other wonderful creative and academic benefits.
Do you want your children to do well in math? Then enroll them in a good quality music program! It has been shown that students who get keyboard (piano) training perform up to 30% better in math than their non-musical peers.
Martial arts therapy embodies unique traits that other therapies don’t offer. For example, children with low self-esteem can simultaneously develop areas such as self-defence skills (to defend against physical bullying), physical fitness, and advanced instruction on how to handle stressful scenarios in a physical or mental context, which boosts security and self-confidence.
Children understand intuitively that language is something to explore, to play around with, and to enjoy. The joy and ease with which children explore their first language makes childhood the ideal time to acquire a second (or third or fourth!) language. Studying a second language can also lead to:
Children want to learn, and they naturally seek out problems to solve. Participating in scientific discovery sparks ideas in kids’ minds that one day they will be capable of creating great solutions to big problems and:
Balance & Movement
Working on skills that improve Balance & Movement (at the Academy we rotate each quarter between yoga, zumbatomic for kids, ballet/dance, and gymnastics) will benefit a child greatly in life. Whether they end up being a neurosurgeon or an athlete, developing their fine and gross motor skills will be of benefit in many ways.
There are an endless number of hidden benefits in exposing children to a diverse selection of poetry at an early age including:
The Benefits of Music Education
The Arts Benefits At Risk Youth
Why Students Need Art Education
Why Music Matters
Benefits of Arts Education
How the ARTS Benefit Student Achievement
Some people mistakenly believe that arts enrichment is unimportant, when nothing could be further from the truth! Below are some of the many benefits of our music classes and private piano lessons that are provided to every student at no extra charge:
7 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
1. Increases the capacity of your memory.
Research has shown that both listening to music and playing a musical instrument stimulate your brain and can increase your memory. A study was done in which 22 children from age 3 to 4 and a half years old were given either singing lessons or keyboard lessons. A control group of 15 children received no music lessons at all. Both groups participated in the same preschool activities. The results showed that preschoolers who had weekly keyboard lessons improved their spatial-temporal skills 34 percent more than the other children. Not only that, but researchers said that the effect lasted long-term. (Source: http://brainconnection.positscience.com/topics/?main=fa/musiceducation2#A1) According to an article from The Telegraph, "New research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills." There is continually more evidence that musicians have organizationally and functionally different brains compared to non-musicians, especially in the areas of the brain used in processing and playing music. If you learn how to play an instrument, the parts of your brain that control motor skills (ex: using your hands, running, swimming, balancing, etc.), hearing, storing audio information, and memory actually grow and become more active. Other results show that playing an instrument can help your IQ increase by seven points. (Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/sciencenews/6447588/Playing-a-musical-instrument-makes-you-brainier.html)
2. Enhances your coordination.
The art of playing an instrument requires a lot of hand-eye coordination. By reading musical notes on a page, your brain subconsciously must convert that note into specific motor patterns while also adding breathing and rhythm to the mix.
3. Betters your mathematical ability.
Reading music requires counting notes and rhythms and can help your math skills. Also, learning music theory includes many mathematical aspects. Studies have shown that students who play instruments or study the arts are often better in math and achieve higher grades in school than students who don't. (Source: Friedman, B. (1959) An evaluation of the achievement in reading and arithmetic of pupils in elementary schools instrumental classes. Dissertation Abstracts International, 20, pp.s 3662-3663.)
4. Improves your reading and comprehension skills.
According to a study published in the journal Psychology of Music, "Children exposed to a multi-year program of music tuition involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers." (Source:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090316075843.htm) It's not surprising to hear results like that because music involves constant reading and comprehension. When you see black and white notes on a page, you have to recognize what the note name is and translate it to a finger/slide position. At the same time, you also have to read what rhythms the notes are arranged in and force your tongue to produce the correct pattern.
5. Sharpens your concentration.
Playing music by yourself requires you to concentrate on things like pitch, rhythm, tempo, note duration, and quality of sound. Playing music in a group involves even more concentration because you must learn to not only hear yourself, but you must listen to all the other sections and play in harmony with the rest of the group.
6. Creates a sense of achievement.
Overcoming musical challenges that you thought you'd never quite master can give you a great sense of pride about yourself. When you first start learning how to play an instrument, it seems like just holding out a note for a couple beats or hitting a high pitch is an amazing accomplishment. As you practice and become a more experienced musician, making beautiful sounding music pleasing not only to your ear, but others as well is a very rewarding experience.
7. Boosts your listening skills.
Although it's pretty obvious, playing an instrument requires you to listen very carefully to things. You have to learn how to hear when you're playing a wrong note in order to correct yourself. When playing in an ensemble, you have to listen for the melody and play softer if you're the supporting part (accompaniment). There are too many examples to list every possibility here, but in a nutshell, playing an instrument is a fun way to improve your listening skills in ways that enhances your life in other areas too.Type your paragraph here.