Music impacts all key areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, and language skills, as well as overall literacy.
Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), says that musical education has a positive impact on speech development.
Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words. Additionally, children who play a musical instrument can more easily identify emotions of other people, e.g. sadness, anger, and fear.
Playing an instrument teaches focus, dedication and self-discipline. It also encourages paying attention to details. Other benefits include learning to cooperate, share, compromise, create, and concentrate: skills that are essential in every area of life.
In fact, Margaret Bradley, a music expert from NSW Department of Education and Communities, claims that musicians need to be just as focused as athletes.