I hope that your school year is going well so far! As it is now the second marking period, I would like to extend information about the benefits of music education each Tuesday. The reason for doing this is not only to share information on music education, but to express how music helps students in their classes and in life.
Music and Language
Early music education exposure helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.
Music and ELA Class
Students who study music surpass non-music students in assessments of writing, using information resources, reading and responding, and proofreading. The gains in achievement of music students compared to non-music students increase over time (Baker, 2011; Catterall, 1998).
If you would like more information about how music helps language acquisition, this article is a good resource.
Hope this was informative and helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to respond to this email or contact me at the school!