The incredible benefits of early music education on intelligence and success in life have been long known and shown by such universal geniuses as Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Recent studies have concurred that early music training can produce greater physical development in the brain,(1) and up to 27% higher math,(2) 57 points higher SAT(3) and 46% higher IQ scores.(4) Approximately 22% more applying music majors are admitted to medical schools than any other major(5) and “the very best engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley industry are, nearly without exception, practicing musicians.”(6)
Singing lessons not only have the potential to begin a wonderful life-long talent in your child that will bring great satisfaction, they will more importantly bring him or her greater confidence, intelligence, learning and studying skills, and performance and presentation ability. Perhaps the foremost expert on child music training, Shinichi Suzuki said: “The purpose of [music] education is to train children, not to be professional musicians but to be fine musicians and to show high ability in any other field they enter.[…]There is no telling to what heights children can attain if we educate them properly right after birth.”(7)
- G. Schlaug, L. Jancke, Y. Huang and H. Steinmetz, “In vivo morphometry of interhem ispheric assymetry and connectivity in musicians,” Proceedings of the 3rd international conference for music perception and cognition (Liege, Belgium, 1994) pp. 417-418.
- Amy Graziano, Matthew Peterson and Gordon Shaw, “Enhanced learning of proportional math through music training and spatial-temporal training,” Neurological Research 21 (March 1999)
- College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. The College Entrance Examination Board, Princeton, NJ, 2001.
- Rauscher, Shaw, Levine, Ky and Wright, “Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship,” University of California, Irvine, 1994.
- Lewis Thomas, “The Case for Music in the Schools,” Phi Delta Kappan (February 1994)
- “The Case for Sequential Music Education in the Core Curriculum of the Public Schools,” The Center for the Arts in the Basic Curriculum, New York, 1989.
- Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love, Second Ed., Athens OH: Senzay Publications, 1983, pp. 79, 15.
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