Posted by Cumberland Valley School of Music in Articles on Sat, Mar 3, 2012

A recent supplement to the Washington Post noted research showing:

  • Children who have comprehensive music education as part of their curriculum enjoy improved success in their studies, think creatively and critically, stay in school, and go on to graduate college.
  • A study from the University of Munster in Germany reported their discovery that music lessons in childhood actually enlarge the brain.
  • Nearly 100% of past winners in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in math, science, and technology play one or more musical instruments.
  • High performing schools have robust music programs and low performing schools often do not.
  • Music education teaches diligence, discipline and cooperation and fosters communication across cultures, ethnicity, language and geography.
  • Music makes us healthier by significantly reducing anxiety, depression and loneliness, thereby lowering stress and stimulating the immune system.
  • Whether performing, dancing or listening, music brings about joy and enhances the quality of our lives.

According to Musikgarten, an internationally recognized early childhood music development program for newborns through age five:

When music and movement are a natural, joyous part of childhood, children benefit greatly in many areas of life. Language development, self expression, memory skills, concentration, social interaction, fine motor skills, listening, problem solving, teamwork, goal setting, and coordination are all impacted by early music and movement education. What’s more, as a child learns to play music, other areas of development – creativity, family bonding, self-esteem, confidence, emotional development – are also positively impacted.

Musikgarten’s philosophy is steeped in this understanding. Movement and music activities are perfect for child development. Music immerses the child in language, evokes movement, stimulates the brain and fosters physical.

Cumberland Valley School of Music, based in Chambersburg, offers “Musikgarten” classes as well as “Music Together”, another internationally recognized pre-school music program. CVSM teaches all orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, guitar, drama and theatrical techniques, Suzuki piano, and numerous classes and for all ages, from infants through senior citizens.  Music, voice and drama summer camps are also held each year.  A children’s youth chorus, “The Cumberbunds” is for students in grades 4 – 8. The group performs at various community events throughout the year. 

Cumberland Valley School of Music is a non-profit member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education with locations in Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Mercersburg and Hagerstown, MD.  More information is available by calling (717) 261-1220 or online at www.cvsmusic.org.

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