The benefits of music education are well documented. Research shows that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development . A 2018 study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, also showed that structured music lessons significantly improve children’s cognitive abilities like language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition, which lead to improved academic performance .
There is a common misconception that music education is about learning to play an instrument, but it is so much more than that. Everyone doesn’t need to be a musician or make music their profession. Children who love music but do not think of themselves as musical often miss out on many of the social and cognitive benefits of music participation. These benefits have nothing to do with talent.
Making music together, and the human interaction that accompanies it, are some of the most intense, multi-sensory, and physically involving activities that promote a strong bond between young children and their caregivers.
With this in mind, Barbara Berg, an award winning musician and educator has created “Discovering the Music in Me: Melody” for families with young children. This lesson teaches kids about the musical term 'melody' and introduces them to musical notation. Learning how to read music notation helps kids see music theory in action -- it is super fun! Don’t take our word for it, go ahead and give it a try. It's completely free.
 Habibi, A., Cahn, R. B., Damasio, A., Damasio, H. (2016). Neural correlates of accelerated auditory processing in children engaged in music training. DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE. Vol. 21, pp. 1-14.
 Jaschke, A. C., Honing, H., & Scherder, E. (2018). Longitudinal Analysis of Music Education on Executive Functions in Primary School Children. Frontiers in neuroscience, 12, 103. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2018.00103.