Researchers have been saying for years that surroundings affect a baby even before he is born. Many mothers believe that talking to their baby when he was in the womb made a difference after he was born. Authorities also believe that music makes a big impact on unborn infants, babies, toddlers and even high school students.
Music stimulates growth in the brain that can result in better motor skills, advanced auditory and language skills and a smarter adult. Furthermore, if a child continues to hear music after birth, it can increase his creativity and interest in abstract things. If he learns more about music, particularly if he learns to play an instrument, he is likely to do well in academic studies such as math. This is because he will learn to count beats and measures and many of those involve fractions.
Problem solving is another thing a child develops when he learns to play music, especially if he learns to play by ear. When he is listening to music and trying to apply what he is hearing to a musical instrument, it teaches him to pay attention to details and even try to establish what is going to happen next. This is beneficial in many areas of life and labor.
In a way, music is connected to the so called 21st century skills, in which we can find critical thinking, communicating, creating, flexibility, productivity and initiative among others.
"Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns, and let's not forget that the arts are a compelling solution to teen violence, certainly not the cause of it!" Michael Greene, Recording Academy President and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 2000.