Music in Education
Music is all around us. We find it in stores, restaurants, even elevators! So why not include it in our education? Afterall it was Beethoven himself who said, "Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy." Which goes to show how fundamental music is in our lives. But what does science have to say about this?
Studies have shown that musicians, and those who listen to music frequently have a larger corpus callosum which is the part of the brain that connects both hemispheres and allows for information transfer. This also means that their brains are better connected and are more sensitive to their surroundings which improves memory, accuracy and understanding.
Music also helps in relieving stress; listening to music helps decrease the amount of cortisol which is the stress hormone. In addition, it helps improve creativity, not only in music but in all matters of life including school subjects. All of these factors help provide a healthier and more inviting environment for students to study.
It has been proven that students who are committed to studying music and listen to it frequently have better grades, better language development and increased productivity. So, what are you waiting for? Go grab your headphones and blast your music and play your instruments… just make sure it's not during class.