Beyond The Music – Enhancing Intelligence
Scientific studies clearly show that music participation enhances vital intellectual skills in children. Why would anybody ever consider allowing their child to discontinue performing in a school band or orchestra program?
“A research team exploring the link between music and intelligence reports that music training (specifically piano instruction) is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. After six months of keyboard lessons, those children who received piano/keyboard training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than the others. The findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering.”
“After learning eighth, quarter, half and whole notes, second and third graders scored 100 percent higher than their peers who were taught fractions using traditional methods.”