When given music instruction over seven months, this group caught up to their fellow students in reading and surpassed their classmates in math by 22 percent.
My daughter was born with a neurological impairment affecting the right side of her brain and left side of her body. After receiving years of physical and occupational therapy, her coordination, gross and fine motor movement improved greatly. However, she still continued to have great difficulty with her math skills. She started taking musical instruction, initially, with piano, then went on to become skilled in the guitar and ukelele.
Once she became proficient in the first instrument, her math skills improved greatly. Actually, she just blossomed in terms of math skills as well as personality. She went on to become an honor student and graduated high school. She was accepted into an honors program at the college level, achieving a position on the Dean's list since entering college.
My son took band starting in the 6th grade and is now in college taking some music classes. He is not majoring in music but has an interest in music because it helps with his mild case of Tourette. We feel that music helped our child not only with his Tourette, but also in math and discipline. I helped with band activities outside of school hours and noticed the band students seemed to have a stronger interest in school academics and followed directions better than non-music students. I could tell the difference in a student who was involved in music during school activities because they were better disciplined. Once my son got involved in band, not only was his Tourette better controlled, but also his test scores were better along with his attention span. I believe that music is a very important part of a student's education because it teaches math, creative thinking, and communication.