I wanted to take a look at how music study could impact to each of the subject areas in the STEAM curriculum, so I went to the NAMM Foundation and National Science Foundation websites to see what research says. Here’s what I found:
Science & Technology
Parag Chordia, director of the Music Intelligence Lab at Georgia Tech, researches the neurological roots of the creative process. His findings that show that “musical experience feeds the mind, sparking greater proficiency in science and technology.” (https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/musiccreativity.jsp)
“Research at McGill University in Montreal, Canada showed that grade-school kids who took music lessons scored higher on tests of general and spatial cognitive development, the abilities that form the basis for performance in math and engineering.”(http://nisom.com/index.php/instruction/health-benefits)
“Both parents and teachers see a myriad of social-emotional, academic, 21st century skill, community, and physical and health benefits from music education—especially social-emotional benefits.” (NAMM Foundation and Grunwald Associates LLC, 2015. Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K–12 Music Education in the United States: 2015).
“Four of the top five benefits teachers see in the potential of music education to help students express themselves (cited by 92 percent of teachers), become more confident (90 percent), and develop better practice habits (89 percent) and more self-discipline (88 percent).” (NAMM Foundation and Grunwald Associates LLC, 2015. Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K–12 Music Education in the United States: 2015)
“Students in top-quality instrumental programs scored 17% higher in mathematics than children in schools without a music program, and 33% higher in mathematics than students in a deficient choral program.” (Journal for Research in Music Education, June 2007; Dr. Christopher Johnson, Jenny Memmott)
Most quotes from: NAMM Foundation: Why Play Music