- Music is a powerful way to communicate key messages to students.
- Music can be integrated into all areas of a classroom.
- Music opens the door for students to learn and grow.
“Music defines us. It helps us determine who we are and where we want to go.”
– Dr. David V. Mastran, Founder and President of QuaverEd
The Benefits of Music Education
A variety of studies link the connection between music and academic achievement. A comprehensive series of skill tests run on roughly 5,000 fifth graders found that when kids were learning to play an instrument, they received higher marks than their classmates who were not. Additionally, the more time the children had been in instrumental programs, the higher the scores (SpreadMusicNow).
Music education helps improve memory skills in young children. Simply listening to music focuses the brain because both attention and memory are more engaged (Baker, 2007). This is translated to other subjects such as math, science, language arts, and more (Coch and George, 2011).
Music also introduces students tp new vocabulary words in an enjoyable and fun way (Antika, 2021). Terms such as presto, crescendo, and finale provide a rudimentary Latin introduction and expand on everyday vernacular.
There are many social benefits to music education. Stress can arise from a variety of situations, especially for young children. Research has shown that playing a musical instrument can switch off the natural stress response (Kuchinskas, 2010). Learning music can promote team building too. Many concert ensembles or bands depend on the development of cohesion to achieve synergy in the form of an excellent sound and enjoyable performance (Criss, 2010).
When students learn and create music, they develop musical skills and improve their self-esteem. This healthy development stems from appropriate and challenging activities. Students then translate their increased confidence to other aspects of their lives (Culp, 2016).
Plato and Aristotle long believed that people felt happier when listening to happy-sounding music and sad when listening to sad-sounding music. Research from some of the top music psychologists, David Huron and Patrik Juslin, suggest that music expresses emotions that allow students to connect with and feel empathy.
“Since music is so exploratory, it helps students to explore, have fun, sing, dance, and move around. One of the biggest pieces of music is that it will travel with you throughout your entire life, consciously and unconsciously.”
– Damian P.
“Quaver has really touched a lot of our teachers and students that sparks the love of music in them.
– Michelle L.
“Quaver livens up the music room. The kids love to come and do the interactive games. They want to be involved and Quaver allows that.”
– Pamela R.
“Kids want to be challenged. That’s what we have in music.”
– Joe C.
Integrating Music Across QuaverEd
QuaverEd integrates music and songs into each of our curricula—Music, SEL, Pre-K, and Health•PE. Music is not confined to one style or setting. It improves learning and retention of key concepts in all subjects. QuaverEd opens doors for students to express themselves creatively, enter their imagination, and truly enjoy learning.
Music helps build the whole child in all core academic subjects. Incorporating music into students’ daily lives has tremendous benefits.
Music education belongs in public schools