When reading from different sources about the benefits of music on academic  performance, one can quickly conclude that music has a positive effect on our health  and academic performance. Both aspects of music- listening to music when studying  and learning music- show an increase in the following: 

1. Music positively affects brain development.

This applies especially in the areas dealing with  language acquisition and reading skills. It also stimulates cognitive development,  improved memory and focus, mathematical skills and spatial awareness. It also  activates different areas of the brain which work together, encouraging coordination  between the different parts of the brain and strengthening it.  

2. Music helps children (and adults) feel happy and come in touch with their emotions. 

Meaning that they feel less anxious, can relax, and can engage in dancing and  movements that release feel-good hormones, and encourages self-expression.  

3. Helps develop organizational skills

If your child is learning a musical instrument, they are learning to be committed and to plan time more efficiently to balance school and music. This results in better time management skills. In turn, this would lead to fewer anxious feelings about deadlines  and being able to balance priorities and perform better at school. 

4. Not always a good idea

In some cases, however, music might be a distraction for the child. Especially if the music played while studying is either loud or makes the child agitated. Music with lyrics that the student may be trying to focus on is another form of distraction. Thus it  is important to teach our children to be aware of how music affects them and which  type of music may be the best for their studying purposes.  

5. Increases motivation

Another benefit of music when studying is the child’s motivation. By associating a  reward with studying – which can be either playing background music or an 

instrument once they finalise their task. Through this, children become more  motivated to complete the task at hand, possibly increasing their engagement with  such tasks. 

6. It’s not just about the music

One final aspect is to be careful that your child doesn’t depend solely on music. This is because at school or under examination conditions, are unable to play music to help recall the studied material. Ideally, you encourage a mixture of sensory inputs when your child is studying so that you increase the probability of recalling the  information needed by the child.  

If you think that you can benefit from professional support on this issue you can reach out here. 

Abigail Church is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor who works with adults and children  through counselling with Willingness . She can be contacted on  abigail@willingness.com.mt or call us on 79291817.


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