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Five Reasons to Join Band or Orchestra

Playing music...

  1. Makes You Smarter. Scientific research has proven that musical training builds intellectual skills, raises IQs, increases spatial-temporal intelligence, improves memory, and develops creativity. As a result, children who play a musical instrument do better on average in school than those who don't.  In a recent study of SAT scores, students with music education scored 53 points higher on verbal and 39 points higher on math.
  2. Teaches Discipline.  Music students learn that if they apply themselves, they can master a skill and achieve results they want.  Learning to play a musical instrument teaches self-discipline, the value of persistence, and the rewards of hard work.  Studies have shown that music students are involved in fewer discipline problems, less crime, and less substance abuse than non-musical students.
  3. Increases Self-Esteem.  Music is a self-expression.  Performing music in public, individually, and as a member of a group, builds confidence.  Making music means every musician plays a part that is important to the group.
  4. Relieves Stress.  Music helps calm the mind.  It's been shown that music students experience less test- and performance-anxiety than students who don't study music.  And according to studies, college-age musicians are emotionally healthier than non-musicians.
  5. Is Fun & Social.  Playing music in a group teaches teamwork, ways of working together, and the joy and rewards of group accomplishment.  Band and orchestra members share efforts and experiences, and are often friends for life.
Posted by Ben Fonville at 12:00 PM
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