Posted by Jim Burger on Sep 13, 2012
It has long been known that kids who study music perform better in school. Here's an article in the NY Times that goes over a few studies that have analyzed several of the benefits that have been found to early music education.
It's interesting to see that the benefits extend beyond simple academic performance, and also include helping with hearing later in life. I also like the quote that says "If you get a kid who is maybe 3 or 4 years old and you're teaching them to attend, they're not only working on their auditory skills but also working on their attention skills and their memory skills — which can translate into scholastic learning". That kind of sums it up.
They also bring up a good point at the end of the article -- make sure it's fun for the kids. Find a way that they like to pay music, don't force them too hard. Anyhow, it's all food for thought for musical parents out there (and non-musical ones, too!).