6 Posts on the Developmental Benefits of Playing an Instrument


Throughout our modern history, music has proven one of the biggest driving forces for self-actualization and expression. Inspiring some of the most well-known philosophers and scientists of all time, music has a way of bringing out the best in people. Today, educators hope to foster some of these benefits in children during peak developmental stages.

We here at California Music Studios have strived to bring that knowledge to you over the past few months with a series of articles. Just in case you missed any of them, here are some of our favorite posts on how music positively affects a student’s well-being and how you can bring these methods into your classroom.

Music and Leadership Skills

It turns out that learning to play an instrument can boost other life skills. In this post, we explore how music lends itself to a lifetime of leadership strengths — and what families can do to foster both a love of learning and leadership as a life skill.

Music as a Relationship Builder

While research has shown that music can improve listening skills, reading comprehension, and even regulating speech in children, these aren’t the only benefits waiting to be discovered. Musical experiences also have a large influence on relationship development in adolescents. By fostering self-expression and self-worth, children are more able to express their authentic selves to peers without fear of persecution. Individuals who participate in a school band, for example, learn the benefits of trusting a partner to assist in achieving their goals as a team.

Music and Self-Confidence

In the moments when adolescents falter or find themselves unsure of their abilities to handle a situation, self-esteem is often put to the test. Research has shown that at this critical stage in development, building strong foundations for self-confidence benefits emotional well-being for a lifetime. One way to make this theory a reality is by learning how to play a musical instrument. This post articulates the advantages that a sense of accomplishment in music can have on childhood emotional development.

Music’s Effect on Academics

This Tech Sling post begs the question: what effect, if any, will adopting music-class models have on a student’s overall educational achievement? By focusing on revolutionary breakthroughs that music instructors have garnered over the years, this article hopes to bridge the gap between standard teaching practices and those of music educators. One example is abandoning traditional desk arrangements for “pods” that foster communal learning environments.

Music Education’s Impact on Emotional Intelligence

Initially assessing what it means to possess emotional intelligence, this post on Musicnotes.com strives to find a connection between music involvement and a well-developed sense of self-awareness. By breaking down the many positive effects adopting a musical program can have on emotional intelligence — academic achievement, more actualized emotional balance, and improved overall focus — the data proves that a connection does indeed exist.

Music and Language Acquisition

This piece on Education Week delves into the question of whether music can help in the process of language development. With a focus on early developmental education, we break down what it means to communicate in society today. What’s more, by giving examples of how cognitive functions relate to comprehension, we provide insight into how adults can also benefit from a strong music-language connection. By incorporating music from a country where they speak the language individuals aspire to learn, there is a higher likelihood of success and retention.

Has music helped with your child’s development? Maybe you’d like to see if it can by trying out music classes today!