Education is important, and regularly attending school helps children to build essential skills. However, there is also a lot of learning that goes on outside of the classroom. Participating in extracurricular activities can actually help students with academics and social skills as well. Sports naturally incorporate a lot of math and physics concepts, but don’t worry if your child is not interested in athletics; music can have a wealth of benefits too.

Let your child pick an instrument that interests them so they will be more engaged and motivated to learn. Whether they choose the trumpet, clarinet, violin, piano, or drums, they will still be boosting their math skills.

Music teaches rhythm and patterns.

On a very basic level, music teaches and reinforces patterns. Children learn to repeat the rhythms that they hear. They play different patterns of notes and can predict what comes next. Music also helps them understand tempo and a steady beat. Think about the hands on a clock, ticking away. A minute is divided into 60 equal seconds. An hour is divided into 60 equal minutes.

Music helps with fractions.

As your child learns to read music, they are developing fraction skills and number sense. For example, a whole note is four beats. A half note is two beats. Two half notes make a whole note. Quarter notes are one beat. Four quarter notes make a whole note, so each one is equal to one-fourth. Two quarter notes make a half note, so one-fourth plus one-fourth equals one-half. And it goes on and on for different notes and time signatures.

The more comfortable your child gets with reading music, the more they understand how fractions fit together and can apply this to what they are learning in school. Problems may make more sense if they can relate them to their music skills.

Music can aid in studying.

Listening to classical music without words can improve memory. It can serve as a positive distraction and allow for greater focus, rather than sitting in silence or hearing random noises from their surroundings.

Students can also change the words to their favorite songs as a mnemonic device to help them recall math terminology, functions, or other concepts. They can create something that makes sense to them.

Music instills patience and perseverance.

Math can be challenging. So can music. But students learn that if they keep practicing and working hard, eventually they will get it. Learning an instrument requires focused attention, and this can carry over into school.

Both subjects are also cumulative in nature. Music skills build off one another. Before playing an advanced piece, your child must understand the basics. They must have a strong foundation. The same applies to math. Before they can expect to excel in algebra or calculus, they must work up to it and use the skills they have learned in previous classes.

If your child is struggling in math and has gaps in their learning, Crafting Scholars can help. We work closely with your child to identify where these issues lie, understand how they learn best, and equip them with strategies to boost their performance. Our learning specialists provide content support as well as test prep and study skills so students can be as successful as possible. Contact us today to sign up!