5 Benefits Of Music Training (INFOGRAPHIC)

All children deserve a good education—that’s something we can all agree on. But there’s an important part of a well-rounded education missing in many students’ curricula: music.

Music, like art and P.E., is often first on the chopping block when it comes to shaving down school budgets. Music is seen as an extra-curricular activity, a hobby, and even a passion—but not as an important part of the academic experience. California Music Studios is here to change that.

Music lessons for kids, whether via school or private music lessons, are astoundingly beneficial to cognitive development and health. Kids who study music or play an instrument aren’t just skilled musically—they score better on tests, develop communication and analytical skills, build healthy self-esteem, recognize the importance of community and cultural understanding, manage stress better—and that’s just to name a few!

Please enjoy our infographic below to find out why enrolling your kids in music lessons could be the best thing you do for their education, future, and well-rounded growth.


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Five Benefits of Music Training

You may have heard that music fuels the soul, but would you believe that music training can actually fuel brainpower as well? Research shows that the benefits of studying music and playing an instrument can be substantial—from developing positive self-esteem to increasing IQ.
California Music School explores five benefits of music training as they pertain to cognitive development below.

1. Music training reinforces the concepts of the reward system including:

  • Hard work
  • Practice
  • Discipline

In a 2000 survey, 73% of respondents agree that teens who play an instrument are less likely to have discipline problems.
~Classroom Keyboard Instruction Improves Kindergarten Children’s Spatial-Temporal Performance, 2000.

2. Playing a musical instrument helps kids develop cognitive skills including:

  • Motor skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Active listening
  • Information retention

The College Entrance Examination Board found that students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation.
~ College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination
Board, 2001 .

3. Research shows that the integration of music into lesson plans can increase retention of information and lead to higher test scores.

A study of elementary school students revealed that when math software programs were paired with music training, students scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children that used only the math software. ~Enhanced Learning of Proportional Math Through Music Training, Neurological Research, 1999.

4. There is a strong correlation between music training and positive self-perception, self-esteem, and goal-setting.

Studies show that music participants received more academic honors and awards than non-music students.
~National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988

5. Musical training promotes community, advancing shared purpose, and team spirit that furthers attachment to the larger values of school and society overall.

Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 72.9 percent graduation and 84.9 percent attendance.
~ Gallup Poll, “American Attitudes Toward Music,” 2003