Music is one of the most essential skill sets to compliment personal development in early childhood and adolescence. Learning "Hot Cross Buns", and "Mary Had A Little Lamb" were significant points in your personal development, although you may think different.
If you think we're crazy for making such a bold statement, allow science to elaborate on our behalf.
Below are thirteen reasons that music lessons were the best thing you've ever done.
1. It Improved Your Reading and Verbal Skills
Several studies have found correlations between pitch processing and language.
2. It Improved Your Mathematical and Spatial Reasoning
The relationship between music and mathematics is apparent with regards to spatial reasoning, formulaic architecture and rhythm.
3. It Helped Your Grades
The University of Kansas found correlations between schools with music programs, and improved scores in standardized testing. Specifically 22% higher in english.
6. Music Lessons Made You A Better Listener
Musicians experience less auditory problems later in life. Also, an increase in peripheral hearing.
7. It Slowed Down The Cognitive Effects Of Aging
Musical training and ongoing practice can help reduce the cognitive decline associated with aging.
8. It Strengthened Your Motor Cortex
The Journal of Neuroscience published research in 2013 which states that "learning to play music before the age of 7" can help individuals perform better on motor movement tasks.
9. They Improved Your Working Memory
The practice of music has positive associations with regards to the development of working memory during childhood and adolescence.
10. Music Lessons Improved Your Memory For Visual Stimuli
Classically trained musicians score much higher on pictorial memory tests.
11. They Helped You Manage Anxiety
University of Vermont's College of Medicine found thickening of the cortex in areas responsible for depression, aggression and attention problems for those who study music.
12. Music Lessons Enhanced Your Self Esteem and Confidence
Children who play music weekly tend to score significantly higher in emotional development testing than their counterparts.
13. Music Lessons Made You More Creative
MRI analysis has shown that those who practice music frequently, experience more brain activity in regions associated with creativity.