5 Reasons to Study Music

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Are you trying to encourage more students to take their music studies further, perhaps to GCSE, A Level and beyond? Then this poster is for you!

We’ve highlighted five great reasons to study music – all are sought-after transferable skills that your students probably haven’t considered music could help them develop.

So, here are our 5 reasons to study music:

1. It will improve their time management

Music will require your students to be good at managing their time, especially if they are part of an ensemble and need to fit practice and rehearsals around other commitments.

Music requires commitment and effective time management. Many of your students will be balancing a number of commitments already, and they will also need to ensure they have time to practice their instruments and even attend rehearsals if they are part of an ensemble.

Students that are able to manage their time successfully and maintain all of these commitments will stand out to future employers, as time management is so vital in so many roles. Your students will have demonstrable experience of this thanks to their music studies.

2. It will make them better team players

If your students perform as part of an ensemble, they will quickly understand the importance of working on their own performance while simultaneously working towards a shared goal. Even if performing as soloists, they will regularly work with other performers.

They will need to communicate with their fellow musicians, both verbally and non-verbally and, most importantly, they will have a fantastic understanding of the incredible things that can be achieved when they work as a team.

Again, this is a skill that is required for so many different roles and so having demonstrable experience of this will help your students to stand out to future employers.

3. It will make them better problem solvers

Music provides the opportunity for creativity and self-expression, which will help your students to develop the skills to find creative solutions to problems.

Music connects us to our inner creativity and this connection has a far wider reach than just our musical performance. Students who find that connection to their inner creativity at a young age will be well placed to develop this and apply it to other aspects of their lives, such as solving problems in their future careers.

And developing the confidence to express ourselves is also a huge benefit of studying music. When we’re able to express ourselves confidently, we usually find ourselves more involved in discussions and taking a lead in problem-solving. Again, if your students develop this during their secondary school careers, they will stand out to future employers.

4. It will make them independent learners

Even if your students perform as part of an ensemble, as musicians they will have to have the discipline to practice, rehearse and take ownership of their personal performance. They will also have to learn how to take on feedback constructively.

As important as it is to be part of a team, it’s equally important to take ownership of your own self-development. Music students have a bit of a head start with this, as they understand that their own self-development contributes to the ensemble’s performance. They will practice their instruments individually, using different techniques and strategies to improve their skill and they will see the difference that this makes.

This is something that they can then apply to other aspects of their lives. And employers will actively seek out candidates who take ownership of their learning and development, as these candidates will be seen as responsible and proactive.

5. It will make them better communicators

Music will develop your students’ non-verbal communication with others and will give them fantastic presentation skills – after all, presentations are just another performance!

And, after all, music is all about connections and communicating with an audience. Their music studies will help students understand that communication happens on many different levels.

Music also gives students the opportunity to engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, promoting their cultural development. This will spur their curiosity to explore other cultures and learn more about the world around them and this in turn will make them empathetic communicators, who are sensitive to cultural differences.

All of these soft skills are highly valued by employers in many different fields and, once again, will help your students to stand out against other candidates.

Like this?

We hope you’ve found this poster helpful. If you enjoyed this, you may also like our ‘Where Will Music Take You?’ poster, which shows students some of the fascinating careers that studying music could open up for them!

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