They say music is the language of the soul. It can express such feelings, emotions, and ideas that are hard to verbalize in any other way. It is no wonder then that music can penetrate deep into a person’s being and make him or her do unexpected things. Whereas other efforts have failed, music can make it happen.
The benefits of music for the youth have been the subject of many studies and research. And their findings show positive influences of music in the lives of the youth. Research shows that exposure to music helps the youth to do better in school. It also makes them dream big and be motivated to get a job. Music also helps them become more involved in community activities and participate in community affairs. Other benefits of music for the youth can be categorized in educational and cognitive, social, and emotional aspects. Exposure to musical instruments helps teenagers in their studies and have led to better grades in mathematics and science. They are also more likely to score higher in their SATs and to graduate from high school and move on to college. This is why there is a demand from parents to make music education a mandatory part of the curriculum for middle and high school. For the social benefits of music, it bridges the gap between ages and ethnic groups. Music has become a way for teens to bond and build friendships. Music also allows them to be involved in school performances and community activities and this gives pride and enhances the level of commitment among them. In the emotional level, music teaches our youth about self-discipline. It takes their minds away from substance abuse. It also allows them to express themselves and be comfortable with who they are. There are so many benefits of music for our youth that is why we should use it as a tool to help them become the best that they can be.