Did you know that music classes offer a variety of benefits for kids? From fostering a love of the arts to encouraging routines and social interactions, enrolling your child in a music class is a great way to broaden their horizons and set them on a path to success later in life. 

According to a 2014 Time article, one of the biggest benefits of music classes for kids is the boost it provides in children’s development. However, the article warns that for your child to fully reap everything music classes have to offer, they must be an active participant, with a willingness to learn and engage inside and outside of class. But that’s no problem — music classes are fun!

So, you may be wondering...how exactly do music classes boost your child’s mental development? We’re glad you asked! Among the list of benefits, some of the major ones are as follows.


1. Develop sensory awareness and sound distinction.

In that same Time article we referenced above, the author points out that when children learn to play music, they begin to develop something called “neurophysical distinction” — which sounds confusing — but merely means they start to hear and process sounds they couldn’t hear before. Music-wise, this helps children more accurately detect changes in pitch when the melodies are different. Academically, this can help in strengthening literacy skills and improving academic performance. 

smiling children playing the guitar

2. Strengthens your math skills.

Wow. If we had known music classes would have improved our math skills growing up, you better believe we would go back in time and tell our younger selves to stick with the piano (and every other instrument we played…). But it’s true, according to Dr. Kyle Pruett, a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, children who regularly participate in music classes have increased spatial-temporal skills, which means they have an easier time visualizing different elements that go together, like in math. Pruett, who is also a musician and founder of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, says spatial-temporal skills help solve multi-step problems you’d find in architecture, engineering, math, art, gaming, and computers. 


3. Become a better test taker.

In search of one of the recipes for test taking success? The answer is more music! According to this Quartz article, a study published in 2007 showed that students in elementary schools with advanced music programs scored about 22% higher in English and 20% higher in math on standardized tests compared to schools with lower-quality music instruction. The study compared the concentration required in music training to the level of concentration needed on standardized tests. The study goes on to highlight the overall success students have in their education because of high-quality music education. Along with these results, music classes can help with memorization and verbal recall.  

little girl playing the tambourine

4. Improve communication skills...and bond with parents!

Parents who take their babies to music classes not only get a chance to spend quality time with their children, but they are actively helping them develop better communication and social skills, according to a 2012 study. The babies in the study smiled more and showed earlier and more sophisticated responses to music. They also learn to develop their fine motor skills. 

Need more proof? Enroll your child in a music class using Sawyer today and watch your little one learn a lifelong appreciation of music. We can’t promise you the road to music mastery won’t be painful to your ears, but we can assure you if you and your child are persistent, your hard work and patience will pay off in measures!

If you live in the New York, Los Angeles or Chicago area, be sure to look into these and other music classes using Sawyer:


New York

Music with Mr. Corbitt

The Yoga Generation, NYC Fire Museum, 278 Spring St., Third Floor, New York, NY 10013

In this class for children ages 9 months to 4-yeard-old, Mr. Corbitt brings a truly fun and engaging experience with instruments, scarves, storybooks, and bubbles. Adult participation required.

Baby Hoots

Book Nook Tribeca, 23 Warren St., Lower Level, #8, New York, NY 10007

Our Baby Hoots program, provided in conjunction with the Sunny Songsters, takes children on an exciting theatrical journey filled with original songs, instrument exploration, and storytelling. Through play and lesson-based learning, children gain an awareness of their own minds and bodies, while also developing an awareness of those around them.

Musical Theatre/Vocal

160 Studio, 160 Broadway 200, New York, NY 10038

This wonderful beginning level class is designed for all students who want to explore the amazing world of the performing arts. Students learn life lessons including how to follow directions, work with as a cast developing team spirit and cooperation. They will also develop character skills such as hard work and self-discipline. Vocal and acting skills are emphasized in this class, along with dance steps to accompany vocals.


Chicago

Tunes with Tim

Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

Tim uses his wide repertoire of classic songs – from nursery rhymes to Beatles tunes – to inspire dancing and singing while teaching the basics of music including rhythm and tempo, melody and harmony. This interactive music class is not only fun, but it’s also an essential component to young children’s development of social, physical, creative and cognitive skills.

Baby Beats with Mr. Dave

Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

This 30-minute baby class will get your little rockin’ and rollin’ (maybe even walkin’)! Introduce your baby to music through creative play that builds gross motor skills and social connections.

Music with Beth

Mr. Dave Music, 1935 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

Music classes at Mr. Dave Music get the littlest kids singing, clapping, jumping and dancing. With a mix of original songs and children’s classics, Beth sparks a lifelong love of music and encourages a creative spirit.


Los Angeles

SNOOKNUK Toddler Music & Rhythm 

Snooknuk, 506 N Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004

Join us for a fun time where you and your child help to create the music by drumming, strumming, singing, and humming! The class is an intro to music, so each week we’ll have different topics, from learning high and low notes, steady beats and counting, the musical alphabet & more fun songs including originals & classics! We use drums, xylophones, shakers, parachutes, & tons more props during this exciting class.

Kindermusik with Peek-A-Boo Music

Miracle Mile Toy Hall, 5464 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Whether you've been enjoying Kindermusik with your little one since their first months or you're new to these magical classes, Sing and Play is a class just for our 0 to 2-year-olds. Kindermusik is the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children, and Peekaboo Music brings the official program to Miracle Mile Toy Hall! Sing and Play sessions offer a sensory-rich, caring and gentle environment for early walkers and toddlers to explore and react to new sounds, sensations, and objects.

Musica: Mi Bebe y Yo

Chiqui Social- Culver City, 8530 Washington Blvd. B, Culver City, CA 90232

This interactive Spanish musical learning experience is led by Chilean native Spanish speaker singer-songwriter and teaching artist, Jacqueline Fuentes. It’s designed to help parents practice their Spanish speaking skills through music, storytelling, and conversation. Babies and toddlers up to 2 years old benefit from being in a full Spanish immersion speaking environment. Parents will go on a musical journey of traditional songs from all over Latinoamerica and Spain. With the intention of preserving our strong and rich beloved Latin American culture, many of the musical stories shared are the same ones our ancestors learned as children. Immerse in a safe, fun and sacred space.