15 Ways that Music Education Stimulates Intellectual Development

1. Improved academic skills – Research shows that music students perform better on mathematical, reading, and spelling tests than non-music students. Music students have higher IQ scores and better grade performance than non-music students. In fact, IQ raises 1/6 of a point for each month of music student. That means that a student who studies music for six years will have an IQ of 7.5 points higher than a similar performing student without musical instruction. The results have been found to be even more dramatic for young students. In one study, groups of six-year old students were divided into three groups, one who were given music lessons, one who was given drama, and one that was given neither. Over the course of the school year, the music students tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups.


2. Music study develops language and reasoning skills - Students who have early musical training develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The logical and creative parts of the brain are better developed with music, and songs can help impart information for better recall.


3. Improved social abilities – Performance in music encouraging working together and cooperative learning. Students performing in an ensemble learn how to play off each other and that every person in the group’s individual success is crucial to the success of the group’s goals.


4. Increased memorization abilities - Even when performing with sheet music, musicians are constantly using their visual, auditory, and kinetic memory to perform.


5. Strive for excellence - Learning music teaches students to value doing their best. Music students learn to want to create good work, instead of mediocre work which translates to other areas outside of music.


6. Better motor coordination - Music students, including instrumentalists and singers, develop better motor skills. After all, movement and music are intrinsically linked in our brains.


7. Learning healthy goal-setting - Learning music encourages students to set, work toward, and achieve reasonable goals.


8. More educational engagment - Student musicians are more likely to stay in school.


9. Better pattern repetition skills - Music is built based on patterns. Music students develop their mathematical and pattern-recognition skills.


10. Music encourages creative thinking - Introducing music in the childhood encourages a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Music develops a child’s imagination. Creative thinking leads to better problem solving in all areas, which extends into adulthood.


11. Music develops spatial intelligence - Students who study music show more developed spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and create mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is important for advanced mathematics, working with computers, engineering, architecture, and more.


12. Increased self-confidence - With encouragement from caring teachers and parents, music students build healthy pride and confidence. Working towards performance goals leads to higher self-esteem.


13. Better attention span – Music students develop the ability to pay attention. For example, musicians do better at being able to follow a conversation is a noisy room full of conversing people.


14. Better in the moment decision-making - A musician must make many decisions in the moment when performing.


15. Increased communication abilities – Music provides a healthy outlet to express our emotions. (More on the emotional health benefits of music study in the next Music for Life post.)


While music study has proven intellectual benefits for children (and adults), the most important reasons to study music, as well as the most important results of music study is the joy it brings. Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine explains it well. “It’s important not to oversell how smart music can make you. Music makes your kid interesting and happy, and smart will come later. It enriches his or her appetite for things that bring you pleasure and for the friends you meet.” Music increases happiness, which leads to better performance in all areas of life.



This is a great intro to music and music lessons with our Little Singers Pre-K group classes.  They will learn about sounds, rhythm, and have fun doing it!   They will be learning:


  • Breath support and sustain
  • Vocal registration (high/low voice)
  • Vowels and diction
  • Resonate tone quality
  • Intonation (singing in tune)
  • Solfege scale and intervals
  • Beat and rhythm
  • Reading music
  • Expressive movements, gestures and facial expressions
  • Performance strategies
  • Basic piano and percussion playing

Level A is the most basic level of Singing Lessons for Little SingersTM and is designed to give young singers of preschool and early elementary age (or older, as needed) a solid foundation in the fundamentals of singing and musicianship.

Round Rock Arts Day

Round Rock Arts Day is this Saturday Oct 14th hosted by Barnes and Noble.  We have selected members of Round Rock Music to perform this Saturday at 4:00pm.  Below is the complete schedule of performers.

Schedule of Events - Calendar:

10:00 a.m.             Pollyanna Theatre

                                Williamson Museum Voices from the Past/Costumes as Greeters

11:00 a.m.             Round Rock Symphony

                                Williamson Museum Voices from the Past/Costumes as Greeters

12:00 noon           Center Art Club

2:00 p.m.               Cordovan Art School “Mini Art Demonstration”/Mini Pottery

3:00 p.m.               Round Rock Ballet Folkloric

4:00 p.m.               Round Rock Music

6:45 p.m.               Austin City Ballet, Carol D’Avila

7:00 p.m.               Childbloom Guitar

If you are planning to make purchases please print off and bring the voucher you see here as a portion of the proceeds will go towards all these great arts organizations.

Barnes and Noble ARTS DAY Flyer with Voucher OCT 14th.jpg

Drum Circle Experience

We are offering a special One Hour Group Class for $10 that is introducing principals of rhythm, improvisation, and listening through hand drums.  This special group class is just $10 and all drums will be provided for use.  Great class for any type of instrumentalist!

The following Saturday we have an open jam in Old Settlers Park where we'll show off what we learned and open it up for others to join in.  Contact us today to get your spot, space is limited.

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Drum Circle Experience

Exploration Session: Sat, Aug 26th 12:00-1:00pm @ Round Rock Music

Old Settlers Performance: Sat, Sept 2nd 12:00-2:00pm in Old Settlers Park

OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS! Come and explore the sounds and rhythms of hand percussion and play in a improvised ensemble.  A Drum circle does not have written music to lean, but rather learning to listen and explore rhythmic improvisation in a group.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Community Drum Circle Saturday June 3rd in Old Settlers Park

Saturday June 3rd, join us in Old Settlers Park from 12-2pm for some rhythmic fun and experimentation.  We'll be located at the Festival Area (adjacent to the Lakeview Pavilion)

What is a drum circle?  Well, a drum circle welcomes any person with any musical background to come and experience a unique musical ensemble.  Drum circles are more of an organic performance, that includes all ages and all experiences.  Never played drums before?  No problem!  We aren't focusing on technique, or even rhythmic notation.  Just use your ears, and see where you could fit in. 

Some drums, shakers, tambourines, and sticks will be provided, so just bring yourself.  If you have a hand drum, or a tom tom to bang feel free to bring it with you.  (Please ask you Mom before bringing her pots and pans)