Music

Music is highly regarded as being able to enhance academics.

More specifically, participating with music.  There are three levels of musical participation and the corresponding benefits increase as the musical involvement increases. 

 

The three levels of musical participation are:

 

    1.     Listening to music

    2.     Singing music

    3.     Actively participating in music, especially at the piano or keyboard.  

 

When we simply listen to certain styles of music, our entire being is changed and enhanced. 

 

The benefits of listening to music are amazing for academics:

ü Listening to music while studying increases the academic retention and recall for students, thus producing better grades.

ü Listening to music increases our abilities to spell, recite poetry, memorize and to speak foreign languages.

ü Language and mathematics grades were greatly accelerated in students who were exposed to music at school.  The research is so strong that many governmental funded daycare centers require it daily.   

 

The benefits of music increase with the involvement. 

 

The second step of musical participation involves singing.  There are many studies that prove that singing enhances academic retention.  

 

How did you learn your ABC’s?  I still walk to the filing cabinet humming, “A, B, C, D, E, F, G…” If your child is struggling trying to learn something, put it to music and sing it!  There are songs that teach the colors of the rainbow in order, the months of the year, the days of the week, etc. 

 

The third step of musical participation involves a musical instrument.  I call this engagement active participation.  Again, the benefits increase substantially as all parts of the brain are engaged and as the hand-eye coordination is involved.     

 

Listen to these documented facts:  

ü The piano is the number one instrument for brain function enhancement. 

ü When a person plays the piano and sings, the right and left hemispheres of their brain flow together, formatting the brain for orderly storage and retrieval of information, so students easily get good grades.  

ü When a person from six to senior citizens plays the piano and sings, his/her brain is formatted for orderly storage and retrieval of information for four or five hours; therefore, students who practice the piano in the mornings tend to get better grades than those who do not.

ü When a person under the age of five plays the piano and sings, his/her brain wires differently, linking hemispheres and there-by creating higher brain function that remains for the rest of his/her life. 

ü More musicians are admitted to medical school than biochemistry majors… the percentage is huge: 33% to 66%.  Ask your doctor what instrument he/she played; chances are they are a musician.

 

The top nations in academic excellence have mandatory music requirements for their students.  They participate in music before their studies. By doing so, their brain is formatted for orderly storage and retrieval of information… thus they get good grades. 

 

At NuNa Academy, Our Music program involves all three levels of musical participation:  listening to music, singing and active participation at the piano.  


There is amazing power in music. Music is fun …it soothes us and brings us joy … while it enhances us spirit, soul and body.  Let’s tap into its boundless resources and watch the next generation soar!

 

Resources: Mozart Effect, by Don Campbell

                 Tomorrow’s Baby by Dr. Thomas Verny

                 U.S. Department of Education

National Education Testing Special Report, February 25, 1998


Music can change the world, because it can change people - Bono

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