Adelina dragged me to see her princess singing earlier this week at Music Together. I love Adelina, I love her princess, I love music. So I went. She was good. The class was fun actually (the «actually» goes to my original hesitation of going). Adelina was very proud. She did not stop smiling. She never does. What intrigued me though, while we were watching the class, was what she said. «Cara, we are not just watching my princess having fun, but getting smarter». OK that was not obvious all the time, since I admit that she missed quite a few notes on the way. So I replied with a cynical «right». Adelina caught it and elaborated. «Did you know, Eva, that music enhances the IQ of children? Read about it, it is true. This is why I signed her up at Music Together. Not only for the fun for both of us, but because I am investing in building her intellect».
My unsettling nature drove me to the obvious when I got home from Music Together class : to google the correlation between IQ and music. That was easy ! I got tons of articles that confirm it indeed. From Vanderbuilt University to the Journal of Educational Psychology, the correlation of music and elevated IQs is there !!! The most compelling experiment proved the following:
The full study is here.
One thing brought to another and soon enough I landed at the latest results of the PISA Survey on the smartest kids in the world. The PISA survey focuses on mathematics, with reading, science and problem-solving minor areas of assessment, plus financial literacy of young people. 510 000 students between the ages of 15 years 3 months and 16 years 2 months completed the assessment in 2012, representing about 28 million 15-year-olds in the schools of the 65 participating countries and economies.
The results prove that we are living at the right place, with the most amazing future in front of us : the children of this country. And if you want to help your kids to do better at school, to be better equipped in life and to be meaningfully smarter, then music seems to be the answer. Music Together offers an amazing program that makes this journey fun and most effective.
Since 1987, they’ve introduced millions of children, parents, and teachers to the joys of music-making and the powerful benefits of having music in their lives.
Today, it’s common for us to only listen to music rather than create it ourselves. But actively making music is so important for children’s music and overall development. That’s why Music Together has never been more essential. Young children learn best through active exploration and live, meaningful interaction with the grownups they love.
Next quarter starts in January 11!
Registration is now open! Ten 45-minute classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences–developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers–regardless of their own musical ability. Each semester you enroll in a Music Together® class, you will receive a color, illustrated songbook, two CD, and a code giving you access to Music Together‘s brand-new Family Music Zone.