The Question: Why Study Music?
Taken from: The Role of Music in the Life of Man.

So many times students and parents feel that the only goal of studying music is being able to play or sing a piece of music with no mistakes; and that the years of practicing are merely requirements for learning more difficult pieces.

While it is true that in most cases the primary goal of music lessons is the mastery of the particular instrument, studying music can have other beneficial effects upon a child. One educator states: "Music is the most logical subject in the early school, since it cuts across the skills which are vital to the learning experience. What are these skills?
    In the primary grades, music reading skills have been found to facilitate basic reading skills such as oral reading, reading comprehension, and reading vocabulary. Reading music also teaches continuity in reading and contributes to the development of the child's aural integration."
    Music teaches concentration, memory skills, alertness, and self-control, all of which are important in learning how to listen attentively. Moreover, interesting relationships have been found to exist between listening and reading, intelligent and academic achievement.
    Music instruction is available as a constructive force in the development of adequate speech behavior.
    A significant relationship ha been found between musical concept scores and verbal and mathematical aptitude, as measured by the College Entrance examination Board test.
    Daily music experience had a definite positive effect upon the self conceptual, social, and school attitudes of the experimental subjects (Students).
    Music can play a significant role in helping students emotionally. Music has value not only because it is an expresser of emotions but also because it is a releaser of emotions.
    Music education fosters imagination.... Educators of old have recognized the imagination as a strong driving force in learning.
    Music facilitates the audio-tactile development in young eyes and ears, thereby strengthening the whole motor coordination into an experimental cognitive operation.
    The child's aesthetic capabilities and needs are often neglected in his general education. Music provides inexhaustible opportunities for aesthetic growth.
    Music can turn a child's delight from frequently participating in destructive activity into an orderly activity, thereby changing the fundamental significance of his actions. It can provide an opportunity for the development of: mutual respect, cooperative, democrative behavior, and new friendships."
Therefore, when a parent asks "Why should my child study music?" they should realize that music education teaches more than just note reading and learning songs.