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.


  • Helps children master other subjects -from math & science, to language arts & geography
  • Nurtures inventiveness and creativity
  • Aids in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation
  • Gives the tools necessary for understanding human experience
  • Gives the ability to adapt to and respect others’ ways of working and thinking
  • Helps develop problem-solving skills
  • Helps their ability to communicate thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways
  • Working with their hands can improve well-being and reduce stress        


Music

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.

  • Improves math skills and general test scores
  • Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning
  • Early music education can provide a permanent IQ bump
  • Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions
  • Students who study the arts are more successful on standardized tests such as the S.A.T.
  • Provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures
  • Learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of dedication
  • Music study enhances teamwork skill and discipline
  • Music provides children with a means of healthy self-expression
  • Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks
  • Assists children in learning a tonal language (such as Chinese)


Martial Arts

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.


  • Martial Arts have been shown to increase homework completion, academic performance, and
  • classroom preparation while improving classroom behaviour and learning.
  • Martial arts practice has been found to actually decrease feelings of aggression and hostility
  • Martial arts students experience lower rates of anger, and are better able to cope with anger
  • Martial arts training is correlated with students experiencing greater feelings of inner security and are less vulnerable to attack
  • Martial arts training leads to an increase in self-confidence
  • Martial arts training increases self-esteem & improved feelings of self-worth
  • Self-control is found to improve among students who receive regular martial arts training.


Chinese

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:


  • Higher test scores
  • Better and more advanced reading skills
  • Greater confidence
  • Increases IQ
  • Natural-sounding, native-like accent
  • Greater opportunities for college and careers
  • Bigger view of the world & greater grasp of one’s first language—including a richer vocabulary
  • Building and keeping cultural connections


Applied Sciences

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:


  • Learn about the way the world works
  • Form their own opinions rather than taking those of others for granted
  • Increase verbal skills and listening to others to help develop patience
  • Explore their physical environment around them


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.


  • Maintains Flexibility and Strengthens Growing Bodies
  • Enhances Concentration
  • Increases Self-Esteem
  • Teaches Present Moment Awareness
  • Gives Tools for Stress Management
  • Encourages Peer and Social Interactions
  • Enhances positive Body Awareness
  • Teaches Discipline and Responsibility


Creative Literature

There are an endless number of hidden benefits in exposing children to a diverse selection of poetry at an early age including:


  • Reading poetry aloud with your children helps them fall in love with words and gives them the tools they need to become enthusiastic readers.
  • By emphasizing the sound and rhythm of language, poetry builds children’s phonemic awareness, or sensitivity to the smallest sounds of speech, laying a foundation for beginning reading.
  • Also, poets’ inventive, skillful use of language introduces children to new vocabulary words and concepts.
  • Poetry celebrates the individual word, the sound of language, and the rhythm of language in a way that narrative does not.
  • Introducing very young children to poetry exposes them to the sounds and rhythms of language, piquing interest in words and learning to read.
  • For older children, poetry is a great vehicle for learning how complex thoughts, humorous ideas, deep emotions, or entire narratives can be expressed with a few carefully chosen words. Poetry is also part of cultural identity and one’s shared culture.
  • Listening to poetry read aloud helps children recognize rhythm patterns, and verbal phrasings.The short lines and repetitive phrasings of poetry teach children to chunk information into manageable parts. As children chunk information while listening, they strengthen their listening skills, as they focus on hearing the various patterns.
  • Since poetry is rhythmic and patterned, children easily memorize lines and entire stanzas of poetry (especially when set to music!). The rhythms of poetry aid in developing memory skills. And of course, these easy-to-learn patterns and rhythms helps children learn any number of other skills, such as counting, vocabulary building, and imagination-stretching!


Sources: http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Preparing-Students-for-the-Next-America-FINAL.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/bookfinder/celebrating-poetry/

Additional resources:


The Benefits of Music Education

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/

The Arts Benefits At Risk Youth

http://arts.gov/news/2012/new-nea-research-report-shows-potential-benefits-arts-education-risk-youth

Why Students Need Art Education

http://www.artsforla.org/why-students-need-arts-education

Why Music Matters

http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Music-Matters-Final.pdf

Benefits of Arts Education

http://www.americanorchestras.org/advocacy-government/music-education/music-education-advocacy-tools/benefits-of-arts-education.html

How the ARTS Benefit Student Achievement

http://www.nasaa-arts.org/Publications/critical-evidence.pdf

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.