“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful. • Plato
In my family, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of an intense and joyful season of music. It is the time of year when music is an integral backdrop to every event. Whether preparing for concerts or sitting by the fireside, music fills the air each waking hour.
In an era when music programs are taking a back-seat to other priorities, my heart wants to encourage parents to bring music back into the lives of our children. Consider this:
- In a study by neurologist Frank Wilson, when a musician plays or sings, he or she uses approximately 90% of the brain. Wilson could find no other activity that uses the brain to this extent.
- Dr. Frances Rauscher at the University of California, Irvine, reports that children who were given music training (piano) showed significant improvement in their spatial and temporal reasoning skills-skills needed for learning higher math and science. This did not happen with their peers who were given like amounts of computer training.
- At Stanford University, psychologists found that learning to control rhythm and tempo, in group-music making situations, helped students to perform other routine activities with more ease and efficiency. While the Dean of Admissions for Stanford once said in an interview, “We look for students who have taken part in orchestra, symphonic band, chorus and drama. It shows a level of energy and an ability to organize time…that they can carry a full academic load and learn something else.”
- When sharing the benefits of music with parents enrolling in their music programs, Kindermusik International cites that children exposed to the arts for three hours on three days a week through one full year are: 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools, 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or a poem.
Coaching Inquiries: When did you last sing to your child? How often is music played in your home? How are musical abilities encouraged in your family?
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Erika Jackson (Erika@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH • U.S.A.