4 Ways Music & Kumon Boost Academic Success
The skills learned through music and Kumon have connections to academic success. Both activities develop children’s math and reading ability, as well as their self-learning spirit.
Here are four ways learning music and studying Kumon contribute to academic success:
1. Improve mathematical ability
Learning music requires counting notes and rhythms, which can lead to improved math skills. Music includes many mathematical concepts, such as understanding the length of notes in proportion to others. For example, half-notes have half-duration compared to whole notes. Kumon Students also learn these skills when working with fractions on the Kumon Worksheets.
2. Expand memory
Music training is linked to children’s memory. Memorizing musical pieces correlates with improvements in verbal memory. Memorization plays a big part in the Kumon Program, too. For example, students in the Kumon Reading Program who can write down the correct answer to a reading comprehension question without referring back to the passage have the ability to remember the main idea of the sentences they have just read.
3. Foster self-learning spirit
Instead of relying on external rewards, music teaches children to self-assess by fostering internal motivation, something that Kumon also aims to develop. Children learn the value of perseverance, the rewards of hard work and the satisfaction of achieving their goals. These traits are all in alignment with Kumon’s goal of fostering a self-learning spirit in children.
4. Develop discipline
Just like with Kumon, the daily practice of an instrument reinforces what is learned and encourages children to develop a routine. It also helps develop time management skills. Juggling homework and practicing an instrument after school shows children the importance of tackling responsibilities before continuing on to other activities.