Want to Raise a Success Story? Sign Your Kid Up for Music Lessons
Could music be the key to future success in life? The New York Times published an opinion piece citing very successful people in multiple fields who all had one thing in common--they all played musical instruments.
While the Mozart effect (listening to music boosting math test scores) turned out to be a media exaggeration and misrepresentation of the research, there is growing evidence that making music does have a long-term effect on the brain.
Music and mathematics are closely linked but the connection between music and success go much deeper than that.
Like speaking a second language, music gives you more than one mode of expression, generating connections in the brain. Music, also like language, allows people to connect with other cultures and perspectives.
Music also boosts creative thinking, an essential skill in 21st century success.
Playing with any level of proficiency also requires hard work, dedication and practice. Ensemble performance requires musicians to blend their skills into a unified whole with teamwork.
For those in high-stress fields, music can also be an intellectual activity that is still relaxing and non-competitive.
While the correlation is strong, it is important to note there is no scientific proof that making music creates geniuses or high achievers. One thing we can say with certainty, though, is that it enriches a lot of lives with its beauty.
We don't have baby flashcards or infant reading systems in our house but I do introduce a second language and music making as early as I can. Maybe playing an instrument will help kids succeed in life and maybe it won't. At the very least, though, it can help them enjoy life wherever it may take them. The biggest success I wish for my children is a life well-lived.