Extensive research on the effects of music education shows that learning music through listening, performance, voice and instrumental instruction improves a child's social and academic development. It has been proven that music increases a child's reading, writing, mathematical and spatial temporal reasoning skills, and that socially, it encourages self-discipline, respect and understanding of others, and aids in a child's general development.
A ten-year study, tracking more than 25,000 students, shows that music-making improves test scores. Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students received higher marks on standardized tests than those who had no music involvement. The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams.