Playing music can have a lot of different benefits, sometimes more so for students. “I feel as if music gives students a voice to express themselves creatively,” said Lorain County Community College music professor, Mark Wainwright.
According to a study at Stanford University, music can help students with memory, as they have to remember their notes when they’re playing by themselves or at a concert.
“What this study shows, that’s novel, is that there’s a specific aspect of language that’s changed in the minds and brains of people with musical training,” said John Gabrieli, a researcher at Stanford.
Musical experience improves the ability of people to hear pitches and increases verbal memory, according to the Stanford study.
Playing music also encourages teamwork, as all of the musicians have to communicate with each other in order to produce enjoyable music. “Music is a great way for students to learn how to perform as a team,” Wainwright added.
“Music just gives me a way to get away from the stresses of life honestly,” said LCCC student, Collin Gregorson.
Student musicians have been shown to be more interested in their schoolwork and to stay in college. Music education develops the creative capacities for lifelong success, according to the Arts Education Partnership (AEP).
The AEP also states that music “sharpens student attentiveness, strengthens perseverance, equips students to be more creative, and supports better study habits and self-esteem.”
“(When) I play guitar it makes me feel really happy, and whenever I learn a new song it gives me a great sense of accomplishment, especially if it’s hard,” said LCCC student, Stephen Reimo.