As a parent, I want my kids to have the benefits of music education. My 11 year-old takes drum and piano lessons, my 8 year-old takes violin and piano lessons. And I do not expect them to be a musician when they grow up. I only want them to learn how to solve problems, to work hard, and understand you can not get good at something if you don’t put in the effort.
There is a lot of research that supports the importance of music training. It increases brain function in many areas. Brain activity and acuity is increased in seemingly unrelated areas such as language, science, math and logic. Music education during the critical early stage in your child’s development will increase her mental processing ability and give her the desire and confidence to approach music lessons, school and life in general with a positive attitude.
But don’t take my word for it. Read the supporting research for yourself.
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs.
BrainFacts.org has some interesting articles as well.
These are only a few of the many studies done that correlate early childhood music education with increased brain functioning. I’m confident that if you do your own research you’ll come up with the same conclusions I have.