How Music Education Benefits Mental Health and Early Learning
Last updated on May 26, 2022 by BVN
Monet Ledbetter-Glaude | Founder of Inét Productions
When children incorporate music education into their lives, they are more likely to experience benefits that will last a lifetime.
Music is beneficial for children’s self-esteem as it gives them confidence and helps develop their self-perception. Music learning disciplines their attitudes towards the learning process. It allows for self-expression and free thinking, two things that lead to the development of individual strength.
The engagement of children in musical activities develops several aspects of their identity in relation to the family and the school environment and contributes to their physical, cognitive, social, emotional and affective development.
Being involved in music can be beneficial in the early stages of childhood mental health. Throughout my years as an educator, I’ve had the opportunity to see hyperactivity subside because our mood-boosting tunes increase their dopamine levels. I witness their joyful expressions as their motivation to learn increases. This release of dopamine allows them to shift their energy, focus, and attention to something so precious.
Music requires full concentration by engaging the individual’s brain. In a 2020 study, researchers found that active engagement in musical activities had beneficial effects on quality of life and psychosocial well-being by inducing positive emotions and cognitive social development. A growing body of evidence indicates that music education programs promote psychological well-being, social inclusion, and cognitive development in infants, school-aged children, and youth.
Storytelling and musical interpretation
Children’s music programs use storytelling as a form of musical performance. This musical method is a great way to develop and build a child’s cognitive well-being. Singing familiar songs with your child, while adding your own verses can encourage your child to unleash their creativity and improve their memory. At that time, they are free to think and create their own sense of identity through this art form. The goal is to make them release energy while tapping into the talents that lie dormant in their hearts.
Over the years, musical education has become a luxury although it should rather remain a requirement. Arts programs across the country continue to lack funding to sustain them. As a result, music programs are eliminated without a second thought.
Music programs not only lack funding, they are also neglected while other things take priority. Some schools fail to see the value and enrichment that these programs bring to children. According to the National Assessment of Educational Programs in the Arts, student exposure to arts education in schools has steadily declined since 1997. It is not uncommon today to see the elimination of elementary instrumental programs, district-wide string orchestra programs, choirs and academic courses.
A path to a happier, healthier life
Parents and teachers become the solution, as they can incorporate musical engagement into after-school programs. Music education from independent programs can be supplemented for marginalized children to provide a fundamental and positive outlet that deters them from deviating from their trajectory.
Because their schools are often underfunded, music simply becomes another tool that improves language and learning skills. Access to artistic and cultural resources can improve key aspects of the social well-being of children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
Children need self-esteem to excel in all subjects, skills to prepare for school including intellectual, socio-emotional, motor language and general literacy. Giving children the gift of a musical education can be the gateway to happier, healthier children.
Monét Ledbetter-Glaude is President and Founder of Inét Productions Inc. Better known as “Mrs. Angel Monét,” she runs a music production company specializing in developing instrumental, vocal and performance skills for children of all ages. ages. She proudly teaches the piano and vocal programs of Berklee City Music at her alma mater Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She is the founder of the Internet radio station HOI Network and the creator of the “House of Inspiration Show”.