Good afternoon and happy Wednesday! The response to our blog series for beginner vocalists got some lovely feedback, and for that, we are very grateful! A lot of the feedback, however, asked us to widen our audience. What about beginner instrumentalists? What about parents of beginners?
You asked and we’re answering: the Wednesday night blog series will hereafter be known as Beyond the Basics! Beyond the Basics will address some really exciting things about starting music lessons, and you’ll be getting tips from our teaching staff! It’s written for singers and instrumentalists, adult and children, students and teachers alike!
This evening, we’re going to talk about a huge question that you might have about beginner music lessons: why start them? Why have scores of people signed themselves or their children up for music lessons without the express intention of making a living off of it?
One answer that you hear pretty frequently from parents of beginners or from children who started an instrument in the beginning of high school is about SAT scores. Tests have proven time and time again that students that study music privately achieve higher SAT scores than their peers who do not study music privately. That is well known, and if you didn’t know it before, you do now! Tonight, we’re going to talk about some other reasons:
Higher GPA and SATs. Yes, we are still going to talk about academic performance. Are children who take music lessons scoring higher or SAT and IQ tests? Absolutely–but standardized testing is just the tip of the iceberg. IQ tests are sometimes far-and-away from the actual GPAs of students, but musicians’ GPAs AND SAT scores are higher than their non-musical peers. High SAT scores mean acceptance to a 4 year university, high GPA means acceptance to a 4 year university, but high SAT scores and high GPAs in tandem means scholarships.