Studies abound on these benefits; here’s just a sampling:
1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons.
2. Children with learning disabilities or dyslexia who tend to lose focus with more noise could benefit greatly from music lessons.
3. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education.
4. In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group at school reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
5. Regardless of socioeconomic status or school district, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests.
6. A Stanford study shows that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory.
7. Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.
8. Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.
9. Playing drums can relieve frustration, disappointment, and stress. Playing for just a few minutes can boost your mood.
10. Similar to a “runner’s high,” drummers’ brains release feel-good endorphins immediately after playing. The physical stimulation of drumming and the sound vibrations that resonate through every cell in the body stimulate the release of negative emotions.