Kathy - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I'm sure that I don't have to convince this community that music is great for a child's intellectual development! I am not at all musical, but my daughter has had a great experience with vocal music. It has been an enriching educational opportunity for her. I didn't know that choirs for children existed outside of school and that they accept kids as young as age 5. Had I known, I would have enrolled my daughter much earlier. I waited until she was about 10 to enrol her in the High Park Choirs of Toronto.
The choral experience has given my daughter a sense of what is needed for a high standard of performance, what it means to work as a team and be inclusive and how to have fun doing something you love.
You probably know about more research and studies than I do, but I was able to find references to studies that show that the benefits of vocal music go far beyond what we imagine them to be. According to Lewis Thomas, author of “Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappa, 1994”, students who major in music are the most likely group of college graduates to be admitted to medical school. It has also been shown, through the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 that high school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPAs) than non-musicians in the same school. Clearly, parents who give their children the gift of musical education are preparing their children for success in life. My daugher has thrived and I know it has had a positive effect on performance at school.
I'd like to know if this community can share with me more information or research on the benefits of music for children, tweens and teens. Thanks!