"Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas," asserts Laura Lewis Brown in her article, "The Benefits of Music Education."
Brown quotes Mary Luehrisen, Executive Director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) on the benefits of music making as follows: "A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning." Brown also quotes Kenneth Guilmartin, cofounder of an early childhood music development program for infants through kindergartners: "Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as large and small muscles...Music learning supports all learning."
Source: "The Benefits of Music Education," by Laura Lewis Brown, PBS Parents
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I would expect early childhood and school STEM programs to include a rigorous music program. It is very clear that music and math are very closely related. its no coincidence that Einstein was a virtuoso violin player, and an expert on Mozart.
As an instructor of early childhood music education, and a musician myself, I find the frequent justification for teaching music as enhancement of other areas of curriculum and thinking to diminish the value of the arts. The arts, in all forms, should be studied, appreciated, and engaged in for themselves first. It is the arts that define culture and bring beauty and creative expression into our lives. This has value in itself. We do not need to justify the worth of artistic endeavors by tying it to improved academic outcomes. The arts for arts sake!