Why Your Child Needs to Study Music

Music is one way for parents to help their children connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for success in life, success in learning, developing intelligence and connecting with others. Through private lessons with Larry Shudra, you can introduce your children or yourself to the richness and diversity of  music that will last a lifetime.

Studies show that music education contributes to student achievement in four important categories: society, school and learning, developing intelligence and life. Here are just a few:

  • Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs).
    – Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report
  • Students who study music score 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in Math standardized tests.
    – MENC Journal of Research in Music
  • “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as especially valuable to students in gaining appreciation of the world around them. It is also well known and widely recognized that the arts broaden a students’ awareness and understanding and contribute significantly to intellectual development.”
    – Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education
  • Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology (for high school aged students) play one or more musical instruments.
  • Children with music training have significantly better verbal memory and retention than those without such training. A 2004 Stanford University study showed that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language.
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