Want Smarter Kids? Teach Music, Not Coding

Social-Emotional Learning at the Vancouver Waldorf School. Children working together to build a garden box.

The latest neuroscience shows that learning a musical instrument increases brainpower

New studies from MIT and the University of Zurich show that when it comes to teaching kids, it’s music, not coding, that actually has long-term transferable developmental, cognitive and academic benefits. Music education is a core part of our curriculum in every grade at the Vancouver Waldorf School.

The link between music education and increased brainpower has been gaining attention in recent years. According to an article in Inc.com referencing the MIT study, learning a musical instrument has been shown to increase brainpower in various ways. It helps to develop executive functions such as working memory, attention control, and cognitive flexibility, which are essential skills for problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making. Music education also promotes auditory processing, language development, and spatial-temporal skills, which are crucial for learning and academic success.

Furthermore, the benefits of music education extend beyond cognitive development. Learning a musical instrument also enhances emotional and social skills. It fosters self-expression, creativity, and emotional regulation while promoting collaboration, teamwork, and communication skills through group performances and ensemble playing. Music education provides a holistic approach to learning that nurtures the whole child, integrating their physical, emotional, and cognitive development.

At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we believe music education is essential to a child’s overall education. We have incorporated music into our curriculum at every grade level to provide our students with the opportunity to develop these vital skills. Our approach to music education goes beyond just learning to play an instrument. It includes singing, movement, listening, and improvisation, allowing students to explore and develop their unique relationship with this art form.

Music, not coding, has been shown to have a profound impact on cognitive skills, memory, language development, and emotional intelligence. At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we are committed to providing a comprehensive music education that nurtures the whole child and equips them with the skills and abilities necessary for success in all aspects of life. Join us in embracing the power of music education for the growth and development of our students.

Read the Inc. Magazine article by Geoffrey James

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