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Music. It is a huge part of our lives. Every day we listen to something. Our life is often enhanced by the music we listen to, the melodies we love and the symphonies we cherish. And once again, we can go to concerts!

Did you know students who take music classes also excel at math, science and English? There is a verified (scientific) connection between people who succeed in science and music. If one studies the music of Bach and Beethoven, the mathematical and symmetrical nature of music is evident. For young people, the correlation between music and success is undeniable. A recently published research article in the Journal of Psychology found that students who studied music, played instruments and engaged in music programs at school did better in math and science exams.

Take heart, parents, your kids might not listen to the music you like, but music is an essential ingredient in growth and development. Maybe the kids today do not appreciate Beethoven, but let’s not diminish the impact of Billie Eilish, who at age 18, wrote music in her home with her brother for many years and is now a major pop star. Her devotion to singing and writing is epic. And it inspires many people of all ages.

The positive intellectual effects of studying music seem to be centered around the enhancement of broad competencies, such as memory, time commitment and self-regulation, which are similar skills required to conquer math problems. Learning to play an instrument is not a quick process.  

It takes time, practice and devotion. The very qualities we need to succeed in life! To make kids “smarter” maybe music is the way to go. Sitting at a piano, learning to read music, blowing a horn, singing a song . . .these are things that create the backbone of mastery. 

I recall as a child, a new piano (our first), being delivered to our home in Ohio. You would have thought Sputnik landed in our living room. It was one of the most joyful family events that I can remember and my Grandmother Helga, an accomplished pianist, was there at the “unveiling.” She was the first to “touch the keys from God” and make music, followed by my father who was also a superb player. We were very middle class but felt “rich” that day to have acquired something so amazing.

No matter what life holds, we are thrilled, comforted, inspired and transformed by music. Like anything special, we want to share our music with others. We want to experience a concert with someone we love! And now we can. The beat goes on and the music is playing.

Anthem is holding Music in May every Friday evening at the Anthem Community Park. From 7 to 9 p.m., this is a family-friendly event series, so bring a blanket, picnic dinner and enjoy diverse sounds underneath the Anthem sky. Open to the public, free admission and parking. Kids dance, neighbors meet and the park rocks! 

See you there!

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a comment or a story? Email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.

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