The Effects Of Music Education On Children 's Brain Development, Intelligence Quotient, Social Development And Overall Success

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History Sings Good News for Musicians
Historically, there has been a debate among educators and researchers whether music education plays a significant role in a child’s brain development, intelligence quotient, social development and overall success in life. Many believe the data has been unreliable because there is little to prove with absolute certainty that those who participate in music education were not just born smarter. On the other hand, substantial data has been collected in recent years that seems to clear up those questions of doubt. As America’s children continue to show a significant drop in their annual test scores, while simultaneously demonstrating worsened behavior in school, answers are being sought from many angles. “Suggested reasons for the deteriorating behavior include a lack of boundaries at home, attention-seeking, an absence of positive role models at home, low self-esteem and family breakdown.” (Townsend, 2013) While there are many contributing factors to these heart-breaking realities, I will present how simply providing regular music lessons can be pivotal for a child. The diminishing importance our culture is placing on the benefits of music education is impacting our nation’s children by limiting their potential in academic achievement, social development, and overall well-being, but we can resolve this problem in part by raising awareness about this vital issue.

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