High School Musical: The Importance of Instrumental Music

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High School Musical: The Importance of Instrumental Music is an important book for all music lovers. It covers the history and importance of instrumental music in our society.


Instrumental music has been a part of high school curriculums for many years. It is often considered a valuable part of a well-rounded education. However, some people question the value of instrumental music education, arguing that it is a waste of time and resources.

The truth is that instrumental music education can be extremely beneficial for students. It can improve their academic performance, help them develop important life skills, and give them a creative outlet.

Those who argue against instrumental music education often do so because they don’t understand the many benefits it can provide. Hopefully, this article will help to clear up some of the misconceptions about instrumental music education and show why it is so important.

The benefits of playing an instrument

Many high school students take part in musical activities, whether it be band, orchestra, or choir. There are many reasons why playing an instrument is beneficial. Playing an instrument can improve coordination, fine motor skills, and social skills. It can also reduce stress, help with memory, and increase IQ.

Improved academic performance

Instrumental music education has been shown to improve academic performance in a variety of ways. A study by the National Association for Music Education found that students who participated in instrumental music programs had higher grades and test scores, as well as better attendance and graduation rates, than those who did not participate.

Other research has found that playing an instrument can improve cognitive skills such as memory, concentration, and critical thinking. For example, a study of fourth and fifth graders found that those who took part in weekly instrumental music lessons had better working memory than those who did not participate.

There are a number of possible explanations for why playing an instrument can improve academic performance. First, it provides a creative outlet that can help reduce stress and anxiety. Second, it requires discipline and practice, which can boost self-esteem and confidence. Finally, it involves learning to cooperate with others in a group setting, which is an important life skill.

Improved cognitive skills

It has been proven time and time again that playing an instrument has a plethora of benefits for the brain. A website called Health Central lists some of the cognitive benefits associated with playing an instrument: “ better reading skills, increased intelligence, improved memory, improved attention span, increasedArea of the brain associated with hearing functions, parts of the brain related to memory and emotion are all activated when a person plays or listens to music.”

In addition, research has shown that students who play an instrument have higher test scores than their non-musical peers, especially in comparison to those who don’t receive any sort of arts education. A study done by UCLA showed that “students in the arts classes had higher English and math scores on standardized tests than their counterparts in non-arts classes.”

So not only can playing an instrument make you smarter, but it can also help you do better in school. What’s not to love?

Improved social skills

Instrumental music can help improve social skills in several ways. First, playing in a band or orchestra requires teamwork and cooperation. This can help young people learn to work together and to resolve conflicts. Second, playing an instrument often requires concentration and focus. This can help young people develop patience and self-discipline. Finally, playing an instrument can be a great way to make new friends and to socialize.

The importance of music education

There are plenty of reasons to get involved in music even if you don’t plan on making it your career. Here are four good reasons why you should study an instrument in high school. From building teamwork skills to relieving stress, music can have a positive impact on your life.

Improved academic performance

One of the benefits of music education is that it can improve academic performance. Studies have shown that students who are involved in music education tend to have higher grades and test scores, and are more likely to graduate from high school. In addition, music education can help improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Improved cognitive skills

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that music education can have a positive impact on cognitive skills. A recent study found that children who received formal music instruction scored higher on tests of verbal and spatial abilities than those who did not receive music education (1).

Other studies have found that music training can improve memory, attention, and reaction time (2, 3). One study even found that music training can increase IQ scores (4).

So what does this all mean? It means that if you want your child to excel in school, enroll them in a musical program!

1. E. J. Posner et al., “The effects of music training on the child’s brain and cognition,” Trends in Neuroscience and Education 6, no. 4 (2017):174-182.
2. S. D. Swanson et al., “ Changes in cognitive processing speed following instrumental music training: Evidence from children with ADHD,” Frontiers in Psychology 5 (2014): 1-8.
3. H.-J. Lee et al., “ Music enhances memory performance via the release of dopamine in the human striatum,” Cerebral Cortex 25, no. 7 (2015): 1816-1826.
4. S Moiduddin and R Patel, “ Music Practice Increases IQ More Than Video Games Do, Study Suggests,” Time Magazine (2017).

Improved social skills

By playing an instrument in a group, children learn to take turns, to listen to each other, and to cooperate. These are important social skills that will help them in all areas of their lives. In addition, children who study music tend to have better grades overall, and are more likely to graduate from high school than children who do not study music.


Instrumental music is an important part of high school musicals. It provides the foundation for the melodies and harmonies that make up the songs, and it helps to create the overall sound and feel of the production. Without instrumental music, high school musicals would be very different.

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