Music Education Benefits
This short National Geographic video with world-renowned scientist Neil deGrasse features highlights of a very enlightening discussion with David Byrne, world-renowned musician, about the benefits of arts in our education and our world in general.
In regard to the importance of music education Michael E. Debakey, M.D., Educator, succinctly stated:
A short list of the benefits of music education
- Cognitive and language skills
- Retention and Memory
- Enhanced Eye Hand coordination
- Study and focus attention
- Mental processing, Critical Thinking and Problem-solving Heightened
- Increased ability to visualize resolve complex problems
For a well-cited article detailing the connection between language and music,
see the article from the National Library of Medicine by Luntz Jancke.
The connection between music and math are described aptly in this very approachable article on the website for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Math and music might seem like an odd couple. But when we take a closer look, they have more in common than you might think. You see, beneath the sound of the notes are math concepts and rules. These math ideas help organize everything from the beat (rhythm) to the tune (melody) of the music. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4!