Most of us have heard about the studies that show kids who study music:
● Can score higher on standardized tests, such as the SAT;
● Can help develop problem-solving and math skills;
● Develop their brains in areas that non-music studying kids don’t;
● And a whole slew of other beneficial things...
But music also releases serotonin and dopamine to give us the same sort of feeling of pleasure that come from eating chocolate. It can make us happy. There’s nothing like that good feeling when the perfect song pops up on the radio or on our iPods/MP3s.
This is important in our stressed out world of today. We’re stressed about work, chores, bills, economy, blah, blah, blah.
So how do we get more music into our children’s lives? And how do we cultivate an appreciation for music, not just a rebellion?