Everyone knows that music can sharpen your mental abilities. But, surprisingly, a study performed by Adrian Hille and Jürgen Schupp for the German Socioeconomic Panel found that music also enhances a staggering array of non-cognitive abilities.
Their study demonstrated that musical training improves:
- School achievement & behavior
- Social skills
- Feelings of well-being
All this, plus the well-studied cognitive benefits of musical training!
But perhaps the most interesting finding of this study was that musical training improves these measures up to twice as much as sports, dance, or theater. Studies like this are important to ensure that societies invest in musical education for young students. In America, the arts are perennially at risk of reduced funding in favor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes or expensive sports teams.
If you are interested in a career in music education, you’ll be delighted to see all the ways your work will help your students.