German Research Reveals Benefits of Music Study
From an article appearing in Frankfurter Neire Press, Feb. 1 1996. From The Journal, Spring 1996
European Music Educators Association
Children who receive an intensive musical education
in school, raise their IQ and develop in early childhood a strong
Those are the results of a recent six-year study
about the influence of music education on the development of children,
sponsored by The Education Department of Science and Research in Bonn,
The study shows there is a correlation between
intelligence and musical talents.
This means that by raising a childís musical ability, a childís IQ is
also raised. Fifty percent of the
children who receive intensive music education are above average and far
above average in IQ in comparison to children who do not receive music
education in school.
The study shows that parents who make music at home
and have the conviction that they have a musically talented child, have
a strong correlation to a higher IQ for their child.
Differences can also be seen in social behavior between musically
educated children and those who do not receive music.
Not only self-esteem, but esteem between children is higher.
Children educated in music seldom reject other children.
Above all, and this is perhaps most important, the study
discovered that music education contributes to the reduction of violence
Children who make a lot of music assess themselves
as happier and more cheerful.
Children who make music in a group or ensemble and who critique their
own music making, develop higher thinking skills earlier.
And, they develop, even in early childhood, a sensitivity to
We can assume that music develops our concentration
levels. The connection of
listening and hearing, telling the brain to adjust the vocal cord muscle
to sing higher or lower (fine tuning) functions better with practice.
Itís a team effort within each child and within the musical
ensemble. Musical experiences
develop not only the musical ability of each child, but also, enhance
the childís personal character.
It has been discovered that the musical ability of
medical students is a better forecast of success in medical school that
the studentís grade point average in high school.
Finally, this study discovered that the time take
for music learning and making music, playing instruments and practicing
does not take away from the childís development in other subjects like
reading, writing and arithmetic.
On the contrary, music education helps develop these other subjects.
Due to this study, more time and space will be given to music education in the elementary schools in Germany in the future. Music should be experienced by every child. Music should be the basis for a childís fantasy and creativity. As we go into the year 2000, higher level thinking skills learned in music education and in making music are going to be needed for solving the problems of the future.
"Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song." Psalms 95:2
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music." Psalms 98:4