The Benefits of Music Education: an overview of neuroscience research

The Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada)

A wealth of scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children's full intellectual, social and creative potential.

  • It speeds the development of speech and reading skills
  • It trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods
  • It helps children gain a sense of empathy for others

Music study requires a high degree of precision in auditory processing: being almost in tune is not good enough.  This means that msucailly trained chidlren are better able to distinguish subtle details of speech, leading to improved reading, better comprehension, and also a greater ability to interpret what other people - children and adults - are really saying.  

Musically-trained children develop to their full potential because participation in music is inherently rewarding, making children more likely to devote the time and practice necessary to develop strong cognitive and social abilities.  

Most importantly, music gives children a means to express themselves, to unleash their creativity, and to be inspired by their own boundless capacity for personal growth.

Fore more than 127 years, The Royal Conservatory of Music has contributed to the musical education of millions of Canadians, as well as to their academic successs and social well-being.  The research we highlight in this document offers compelling insights into the powerful, long-term value children gain through music study.

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Resource/Research Type:
Resource Type: Report
Document Details:
Author: The Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada)
Publisher Details:
Publisher City: Toronto
Publisher Year: 2014 - Spring
Audio/Video Details:
Area: Canada, Ontario
Art Form / Modality: Singing, Music