PBS Parents reports that "Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. In their article, "The Benefits of Music Education," the magazine goes on to say, "Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as large and small muscles...Musical experience strengthens the capacity to be verbally competent."
In "Tuning In: Six Benefits of Music Education for Kids" the New England Board of Higher Education talks about six benefits of music education and goes on to say that "In fact, these six benefits of music education not only show how music can benefit children now, but how it goes hand-in-hand with their preparation for future endeavors." The journals lists these six benefits as Enhanced Language Capabilities, Improved Memory, Strengthened Hand-eye Coordination, Powerful Study Habits, Teamwork, and Mental Processing & Problem-solving heightened. The journal goes on to say that, "Especially in young children, music directly benefits the ability to learn words, speak them correctly, and process the many new sounds they hear from others."
College Magazine in "10 Life Long Benefits of Music Education" spoke to passionate college musicians and professors about the life long benefits of music education—the ones that linger long after you play your last note. Among the benefits the magazine cited in their article:
Ke Kula Mele Hawai‘i Director Alan Akaka shares his own experiences:
"As a child I was surrounded by music at church, home, family gatherings, shopping centers, in the car—everywhere. At parties and concert performances I was mesmerized by those who sang, played and delighted audiences which led me to realize early in life that I wanted to play an instrument and sing.
"Today I find a great deal of joy and happiness when I get on my instrument at home and enjoy jamming with others at gatherings or when I am playing my gigs in Waikiki.
"I met many who had that desire to play an instrument and now they are coming to Ke Kula Mele."
There is no doubt that research shows music helps children become better learners. Infants respond to music by cooing, smiling, and even swinging their arms or kicking their legs to the beat. Children love to dance, swing, and sing as they develop their motor and aural skills. Neural pathways are strengthened by making up songs and rhymes as their imaginations run wild.