Editorial: Music Lessons Benefit Students

Karen Liu, Reporter

Imagine having a stressful, tiring day at school, and finally being able to express yourself and relax in the calming setting of your music class.

Students should participate in a musical activity to benefit their mental and emotional skills. 

According to the National Association for Music Education(NAFME), an American music educators organization, if students start their musical training from a young age, certain regions of their brain will be better trained. Musical training develops the left side of your brain which is responsible for language and reasoning. This enable students to to have higher-level cognitive functions.

Additionally, studying an instrument can make students better learners in school, said Musicnotes, an online music corporation. Music has the ability to strengthen reading skills. Since musicians are constantly reading sheet music, their brain creates more connections between the synapses in your brain. Musicians are able to read and absorb new information quicker and easier. 

One of the most important traits for a musician are listening skills, said Musicnotes. Participating in music develops fine tuning skills and improves listening skills. Musicians are then able to apply these skills to everyday life and become better listeners.

Aside from providing educational benefits, playing a musical instrument can also benefit students emotionally, according to the Napa School of Music, a private music institution. Listening to music has the ability to change someone’s mood; however, physically playing an instrument is even more immersive and beneficial than just listening. Playing an instrument can relieve stress and anxiety.

There are many benefits to playing an instrument, but mastering an instrument is no easy task. The outcome, however, is worth the hard work. Music lessons are a great opportunity for students to learn the importance of dedication. Students, especially if they start at a young age, are able to learn the benefits of working hard and planning in order to achieve their goals. 

Students are also able to develop better social skills through music lessons and groups. Many musical activities are in group settings. Students are able to learn to work together and focus as a team. Over time, students will develop better social skills and interact better with other people. Additionally, they will improve their emotional skills since participating in a group activity develops a student’s sense of empathy toward others, according to Learning Potential, the Australian Government Department of Education’s online platform dedicated to helping students develop their learning skills. 

Participating in a musical activity can positively impact a student both inside and outside the classroom. Visit the Derry Township School District Music course guide here to see what music classes are available to take.