The benefits of music are widely known; the study of music is proven to enhance the areas of the brain involved in developing language, reasoning, mathematical and critical thinking skills.
Music teaches patience, teamwork, discipline, creativity, and the rewards of hard work. Students who study music score better on standardized tests and achieve higher grades.
“The most miserable and tragic thing about poverty is not the lack of bread or shelter, but the feeling of being nobody, of having no identity or feeling utterly insignificant in one’s society” -Mother Teresa
As demonstrated by the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema program, music is a also very effective medium in implementing social change. In addition to the benefits listed above, involvement in musical ensembles also fosters mutual respect as well as a sense of self-worth and self-confidence.
“It is evident that music has to be recognized as an element of socialization, as an agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.” -Jose Antonio Abreu