5 Reasons Why Music is the Most Complete Education

Music Star Games interviewed Dr. Ruth Hayhoe about music learning and digital natives. She said “Music is the most complete form of education”. Here are 5 areas that music trains:

1) Music Practice Builds Psycho-motor Skills

Learning to control your body with conscious mental activity is essential to play music.  Learning music means learning fine motor control as well as learning to coordinate large muscle groups.

According to Maria Camila Grillo Quevedo, Music has a great impact on psycho-motor development of children.

2) Music Training = Aesthetic Training

Music will always have an aesthetic element.  That helps us discover our own creative personality.  It also informs a broad relationship with beauty in the world.

Quoting Doane University:

Aesthetic education helps students discover new ways of looking at, listening to, moving in, and speaking of their everyday experiences.

from “Benefits of an Aesthetic Education

The Association for Talent Development agrees in their article, Aesthetics Matter to Learning

3) Music Improves Your Intellect

Music is a language with a logic and meaning all of its own. Not only that, but music history, theory, analysis, and performance studies all contribute to intellectual development.

According to ParentingScience.com, “Music training causes changes in the brain”. See Music and Intelligence

In short, music learning makes you smarter!

4) Music Practice Includes Emotion & Expression

Music is the universal language of emotion.  Playing an instrument is unsatisfying without some kind of emotional engagement. This is one reason why Music Star Games Apps  includes emotional skill training.

Ever feel angry? Sad? Joyful?

Ever feel like a bird soaring over an alpine mountain during a beautiful summer sunset?

Music can help you express what you feel. It can also help you understand the emotions of others. In a society where “empathy” is a buzzword, music learning is a timeless solution for increased emotional skill.

5) Music is Social and Collaborative

Music connects people of all ages, cultures, and beliefs.  It’s a universally shared, non-violent, collaborative activity.

Dr. Charles Limb studied the neuroscience of musical improvisation. His TED talk has been watched more than 1 million times. Findings?

“Musicians use the language areas of the brain when they are doing that improvisation. And that’s interesting considering there was no talking” (from an interview at dana.org)

Learning music gives you skills you can share in a fun way. The social skills you learn with music translate to better conversations, relationships, and teamwork.

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