JAMBOX Entertainment has always been affiliated with music education and awareness in our schools and for our youth. We have supported this over several years through our non profit organization REACH OUT INC. whose mission is to increase social awareness through musical presentations. So we put together 10 proven reasons why music is important to the overall development of today's students. Our music school tour program has helped thousands of children get a first hand experience touring our studios, listening to guest speakers, and recording like professionals in our pro recording studios.
1. Studying music optimizes brain development of neurons and circuits. Music listening and performance impacts the brain as a whole, stimulating both halves – the analytical brain and the subjective-artistic brain, affecting a child’s overall cognitive development and possibly increasing a child’s overall intellectual capacity more than any other activity affecting the brain’s bilateralism.
2. Musical symbols, structure, and rhythmic formation use fractions, ratios and proportions, all of which are important in mathematical studies. Studies have shown that students who play instruments are often better in math than students who don’t.
3. Using sheet music improves kids’ writing and critical reading abilities. When you see black and white notes on a page, you have to recognize which note it is and translate it to a finger position; at the same time you also have to read what rhythm those notes are and produce the correct pattern.
4. Playing a musical instrument increases hand-eye coordination: just like while playing sports, kids can develop important motor skills when playing music. By reading musical notes on a page, students’ brains subconsciously must convert that note into specific motor patterns while also adding breathing and rhythm to the mix.
5. Musicians have better auditory skills: they can pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise and better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sound. A musician will be listening to the sound of his own instrument even though many other instruments are playing, a skill not unlike separating one voice from a crowd of voices. Tests show that certain sounds produce stronger electrical signals in a musician's brain stem, and these signals offer a more accurate representation of pitch, timing and tone quality (three things that help us pick out a single voice in a noisy room).
6. Musical associations help memorization: repeating the rhythmic structure of a song makes it easier to memorize. In one study of musical effects on memory, visual cues were paired with background music; later, participants who could not recall details of the scene were presented with the background music as a cue and recovered the inaccessible scene information.
7. Kids can learn teamwork: band or orchestra activities help promote cooperation, social harmony and teach children how to work together towards a common goal.
8. Several reports indicate that students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates an average of 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music courses.
9. Responsible risk taking: live performing can be scary but doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear and anxiety. With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build their pride and self-confidence, and control their ‘butterflies’.
10. Learning how to play a musical instruments can be very challenging, it requires personal commitment and concentration; practicing often and working hard on the difficult parts and not just the easy and fun ones teaches you disciplines that permeate into other crucial areas of life.
JAMBOX School And Group tours supports and develops the education of our youth through music.