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6 Miraculous Effects Music Can Have on Student Success

Your parents may have told you to turn the music down (or off) when you're studying. Read on to find out how music actually helps you succeed in school.

It’s been established that music is very therapeutic. It can heal, improve, and help individuals in many ways you couldn't imagine—and this is because music largely benefits the brain. As you know, the brain is mainly responsible for enabling your body to do things. So when brain functions improve so does your skills and personal health. This is also the reason why many parents send their kids to attend music lessons to improve and train their academic capacities. Accordingly, it’s quite safe to say that music largely helps students achieve success in high school and college. Here’s how and why you should use music for academic success.

Music and modern students

Most students are very much exposed to music regularly today. It’s normal to listen to music while studying; in fact, most students likely have a playlist made specifically for it. For some reason, students claim that music allows them to remember things from their lessons, better understand and analyze what they are studying, or calm their brains after rigorous studying. You can easily see why students can feel so dependent on music due to these apparent benefits. Many studies have also been conducted to see the actual scientific basis behind these claims. And as it happens, it’s been found that music can largely (and positively) affect brain function in these ways.

1. Enhance self-esteem and social skills

According to some studies, music can enhance a student’s mind and self-esteem. This is because music allows the brain to produce a positive mindset; it makes you feel good. It can also make you feel a lot more confident and relatable to people around you. When these aspects are improved, students become more focused and confident.

2. Learn to decode and decipher through notes, symbols, and rhythms

When studying music, you encounter the subject of rhythms, notes, and symbols. These parts of music can be challenging, especially for younger people. But understanding the complexity of these musical elements helps the mind train for more complex subjects like math and reading. Solving problems and analyzing at school becomes much easier because music enhances these skills, which is essential for students going forward in their educations and careers.

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3. Improve the quality of your work

When a student listens to or play music, their tendency to strive for as close to perfection as possible in their work becomes much more apparent. Students who are more exposed to music tend to be more attentive to their output, paying more attention to details and errors. When you’re not satisfied with what you come up with, you’ll want to work on it more to get better. The phrase "practice makes perfect" is used more often in music than anywhere else, but that mantra is important for academics too!

4. Build imagination and intellectual curiosity

Music has also been known to enhance your creativity and imagination. When these areas of the brain are largely engaged and intentionally worked on, it helps students be much more curious and involved with the things that surround them. Exploring music can often lead to an increased desire to explore other areas of study through research and more motivation in study translates to more success at school.

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5. Learn pattern recognition

The brain recognizes patterns; in fact, research suggests it’s responsible for seeing patterns in everything. But to be able to unlock this kind of function and utilize it academically, you should ensure your brain is well-trained for this kind of task. As it happens, music—especially learning to play and studying it—exposes your mind to consistent problem-solving through pattern recognition. 

6. Challenege your brain

As mentioned above, studying music regularly can train the brain and make it work much harder than usual. This is great because the harder the brain works, the more functional and operative it becomes, which will be hugely beneficial to your college career in the future. Challenging yourself academically will lead to simple problems and analysis in school becoming much easier to deal with.

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If you were doubtful of how miraculous music is when helping students in school, these points hopefully helped you understand how great and beneficial music really is! If listening to something helps you remember information for a test, do it. If having music as a hobby helps you alleviate stress, it's worth your time. Music can be incorporated into your life in many ways, so explore the possibilities and lose yourself in the rhythm. 

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About Curtis Dean

Curtis Dean

Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School, where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music.


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