Everybody knows that I love handbells. In addition to the obvious opportunity to reduce stress, hone mental and physical dexterity, hone problem-solving skills and build community, I wondered if there was actual research to illustrate some of these positives. Sure enough there is quite a lot*.
Did you know that:
- Middle and high school students who participate in instrumental music score higher than their peers on standardized tests?
- High school music students score higher on SAT’s in both verbal and math than their peers?
- Elementary school students who learned fractions in music based lessons scored 100% higher than those who learned in traditional ways?
- Music majors are the most likely group to be admitted to medical school?
- Music training helps “underachievers”?
Have I inspired you to find a handbell ensemble for your child. Go to handbellmusicians.org and click on the “About” tab. Select Areas and find your state for a list of people to help you in your quest. While you’re at it, find an ensemble for parents, too. You’ll have a wonderful experience and build a common connection with an activity your child loves.
Happy ringing! Ellie
* American Music Conference website, http://www.amc-music.com/research_briefs.htm