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The latest research on music in the classroom supports the following ideas:

  • Music instruction enhances a child’s ability to perform skills necessary for reading, including listening, anticipating and developing memory, recall and concentration.
  • Music inspires movement activities that help children “cross the midline”. This is the ability to move one hand , foot or eye into the space of the other hand, foot or eye. 
  • Music develops the areas of the brain that are responsible for emotion and memory.
  • Music and movement activities help children demonstrate self control. Young children become thoughtful about how and when they move their bodies and use their voices when they participate in music-related activities.
  • Music and movement activities introduce children to language and sensory-motor skills simultaneously.
  • Children develop logic and rhythmic skills when they keep the beat of a song. These skills increase a child’s ability to solve problems.
  • Music facilitates first and second language acquisition because it allows language to enter the brain through several different pathways.
  • Children with musical experiences generally understand fractions and proportional math better.
  • Music helps children develop spatial-temporal ability, which is the ability to transform objects in space and time. This helps a child understand fractions, geometry and proportional math.
  • Music facilitates participation in related activities that enhance the development of social, language and motor skills.