What if we told you the do-re-mi’s had as much cognitive benefit to your child’s learning as the ABCs. Would you believe us? PBS published an article titled “The Benefits of Music Education” written by Laura Lewis Brown that explains learning to play music does not just benefit children musically. The benefits of music, as Brown outlines, go far beyond the music room; in fact, learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children use in other areas.

Music training can benefit children at an early age as they develop language skills. Learning how to process music and sounds helps children to process language and words.

An increased IQ was shown in children who were given music lessons over the course of a school year. These children tested on average three IQ points higher than children who were not given music lessons. Additionally, improved test scores were a result in elementary schools with superior music education programs regardless of socioeconomic disparities among schools or school districts. Further research shows there is a link between music and spatial intelligence which assists children in visualizing various elements that go together, like they would when solving math problems.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation was proud to support Muskogee High School’s efforts to promote music education by providing a 2017 Champions Grant to purchase a Wenger Legacy acoustical shell for all musical performances by high school and middle school voice and instrumental ensembles.

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To read “The Benefits of Music Education” by Laura Lewis Brown visit http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/.