Music Education Matters: Producer and Musician Robert Thompson Shares What Parents Need To Know 

Arts education is an important part of a child’s development, and it’s key that schools fund music programs to help students develop cognitive skills that empower their lives. Here, Robert Thompson, President of Wise Music/G. Schirmer Inc., shares why it’s so important that kids get an education in the arts.

Improved Memory

When kids work to gain musical skills, they’re activating a critical part of their brain”, Thompson says.  “If you can start to memorize musical patterns, that skill translates to other areas such as language. 

Music Provides a Language Boost

“Music can help with languages too”, Thompson adds.  “Not all language skills are rooted in the actual words children speak and read. It’s important for kids to recognize the tone, pitch, and enunciation of words to excel in language, and studying music helps them to learn the nuances of communication. When young children study music, they’re better able to process unfamiliar sounds in daily language.”

Coordination Boost

If you’ve ever played an instrument, you remember the unnatural, difficult feeling that comes with first getting the hang of learning a new skill. Developing the hand-eye coordination necessary to play an instrument can be an excellent way for children to grow their motor skills and improve their dexterity.

Strong Concentration

“Sitting alone in a room practicing a musical instrument develops focus and discipline. Practicing a musical instrument can be meditative too, and the repetitive patterns that musicians practice such as scales, for instance, are in reality focused learning blocks.”

Working With Others

While many students choose to play musical instruments on their own, working with others in a band or ensemble group can foster a sense of teamwork, helping students to learn how to work well with others, according to Robert Thompson, President of Wise Music/G. Schirmer Inc.  Students who are shy may find that they’re more inclined to reach out to other musically-minded students to discuss their shared interests.  Music is communal. 

Increased Problem Solving

Problem-solving isn’t just important for helping students learn how to get through difficult spots in their musical and academic lives—it can also help students learn how to solve problems in relationships, according to Robert Thompson, President of Wise Music/G. Schirmer Inc

Schools and Music Education

Sadly, many schools have cut music and art education funding in recent years in favor of providing additional education in highly tested subjects, like math and reading. While there’s no doubting the importance of education in these subjects, art and music education are also necessary to create well-rounded children, according to Robert Thompson, President of Wise Music/G. Schirmer Inc


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