• Yes, It Engages Creativity

    Listening to music engages the brain and promotes creativity. It's the case with all types of music and not just classical or jazz. It also provides a powerful way to engage one's emotions while providing and cathartic outlet from everything from love to loss, grief, and anger. Musical education also needs to stay as part of high school curriculum.

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  • Yes, learning anything, especially something difficult like music, can make you smarter.

    When you learn something new, no matter what it is, it makes you smarter. No one is born with the ability to play music without learning something about it first, so taking the time to learn it will only make you smarter. It may help you to develop a learning style for learning other things as well.

  • Music can indeed make you smarter.

    Music opens a gate to a new world. Within that world are people, communities and cultures that are opened up to the person listening. Along with learning about other cultures, it also opens up an opportunity to use music as an educational tool - for example, putting vocabulary words into song lyrics to help children learn their meanings.

  • Yes- it develops your thought process.

    Learning how to play music develops an individual's brain activity to think more mathematically and often leads to higher scores in math and science. Research shows that listening to classical music will cause people to retain higher amounts of knowledge in both minor details as well as overall concepts for individuals.

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Anonymous says2013-03-12T23:06:46.527
I personally think so. Some of the smartest people I know are music majors. Music requires not only the creativity and maturity to make it beautiful, it also requires some decent knowledge in math as well. Music involves counting beats and measures, and within that, sub-dividing those beats, like fractions. You must multi-task between reading/playing the music, and looking at the conductor from time to time. It is all a very complex process that stimulates different parts of the brain at the same time. Perhaps that is why musicians are “smarter” than the average person.
paulsenkatie says2013-03-13T01:07:09.390
Yes, I believe it does. Take high school musicians as an example. Studies have shown that he majority of students who are in band during high school have higher ACT and SAT scores. Plus, people who are musically skilled are also typicallly skilled in many other areas and this allows for them to get amazing jobs.