3. Bright Sparks
Recent studies show that students who study music are more
successful on standardized tests at primary school. They also
achieve higher grades in high school and a high proportion will
go onto tertiary study.
4. If a Job's worth doing
In the study of music your child will learn craftsmanship as
they study how details are put together painstakingly and what
constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre work. These standards,
when applied to your child's own work, demand a new level of
excellence and require him/her to extend themselves.
5. Practice makes Perfect!
In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or
not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or
not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance
is possible. Through music study, your child will learn the
value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete
rewards of hard work.
6. No "I" in team
Music study will enhance your child's teamwork skills and
discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all
players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal
- the performance, and must commit to learning music,
attending rehearsals, and practicing.
7. Self Esteem
Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Now
that there is relative security in the basics of existence
(food and shelter), the challenge is to make life meaningful
and to reach for a higher stage of development. Everyone needs
to be in touch at some time in their life with his/her core,
with who they are and what they feel. Self-esteem is a
by-product of this self-expression and this is an extremely
important trait for young person to develop.
8. Task Orientation
Music study develops skills that are necessary in the
workplace. It focuses on "doing," as opposed to
observing, and will teach your child how to perform,
literally, anywhere in the world. Employers are looking for
multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and supple
intellects that music education helps to create as described
above. In the music classroom, children also learn to
communicate better and cooperate with one another.
9. Out of their Comfort Zone
Once your child starts performing he/she will learn to
conquer fear and to take risks. Risk-taking is essential if
your child is to fully develop to his or her potential and
music performance provides a safe environment for this
development to take place.