Research abounds regarding the incredible benefits of music education. The University of Florida has put together an infographic called “Why Music?Â The Many Benefits ofÂ a Musical Education.”Among the benefits listed
- Benefits to the brain and general learning skills
The benefits listed include verbal intelligence, reading skills, fine motor skills, abstract thinking, vocabulary acquisition, and memory.
- Benefits to academic achievement
These include better listening ability, higher SAT scores, higherÂ academic grades, betterÂ science skills, greater percentage of extracurricular participation, higher GPA, greater likelihood of enrollment in moderately- and highly-selective universities, much lower dropout rates, and these gains are more pronounced inÂ low-income students.
- Benefits to life skills and personal enrichment
These include helpingÂ students become more employable, participate in the political process, volunteer and engage their community, have higherÂ self-confidence, and persevere.
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