We believe that engagement with music supports children's development - education attainment, mental wellbeing, teamwork, socialiabilty. And in these unprecedented times, music has an important role in schools' 'recovery curriculum', not just for itself, but also to help children re-access school life, learning and the wider curriculum.
Here we provide real evidence of the benefits of music and why it MUST remain accessible for all children and young people to ensure we have happy and healthy community.
"Music provides many important processes for children and young people including cognitive stimulation, social support, and emotional expression, and it is a form of education skills development that is fun and easily engaged in. Research has shown a wide range of benefits for health and development including a reduction in anxiety, improvements in immune activity, and increases in self-esteem".
Dr Daisy Fancourt MA(Oxon) MM PhD FHEA FRSPH, Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology,
University College London
“Playing an instrument can lead to a sense of achievement; an increase in self-esteem; increased confidence; self-discipline; and provide a means of self-expression. While participating in musical groups promotes friendships; social skills; a sense of belonging; teamwork; co-operation; commitment; mutual support; increased concentration and provides an outlet for relaxation.”
Professor Susan Hallam of the Institute of Education writes in The Power of Music: Its Impact on intellectual, social and
personal development (2014)
“Playing a musical instrument enhances performance in national exams at KS4, shows progress between KS2 and KS4, and that the impact is greater the longer a young person has been playing an instrument.”
Professor Susan Hallam of the Institute of Education
Playing a musical instrument has a positive
effect on attainment (2017)
Music has a profound impact and the ability to shape 86 billion neurons in the brain for cognitive development, healing, and therapy. The “impact of music on the brain is wider than almost any other activity.”
Renee Fleming, international opera singer,
Sound Health: Music and the Mind (2019)