Here are a few reasons and resources that will give you a better understanding of why learning an instrument is important and how it could help you and your family.
"Music is to the mind as air is the body."
Improve reading, comprehension, and language skills
Increases math skills
Strengthens focus and concentration
Overall grades and test scores improve
Enhances memory capacity
"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young."
Allows for self-expression which creates a happier person
Increases listening skills including non-verbal communication
Improves mental health
Produces discipline, time management, and social skills
Teaches perseverance and hard work
"Music can change the world because it can change people."
Allows for interaction and discussion to life lessons
Help teach appreciation for art and culture
Music teaches independent thinking as well as teamwork
Produces responsible risk-takers
"The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. "
-Gerald R. Ford, Former President
Academic achievements compared to non-musical peers
Other research that links learning an instrument academic success
Life long advantages to playing a musical instrument
Short TED Talk on what music does to the brain