Years ago there was a lot of chat about the music/math connection. I had a parent call and express that she wanted her 4 year old to be good in physics some day, so she wanted to sign him up for music class. At the time I ran preschool classes. I delved into many subjects: opera, jazz, theory. I taught 3-5 years olds and took pride in the fact that I was able to keep it fun but never dumb down the subject. Still, even I could not promise to deliver a world-class physicist.
I was curious about these studies that promised listening to music would raise SAT scores, etc, so I sent for a copy. You had to listen to a very specific piece for a set amount of time previous to taking the test. My family has always been very good at math and music, but I believe this is more of a connection than a direct cause and effect. In my mind, part of the beauty of music is that it can be intellectually stimulating and make you cry all at the same time. It goes beyond math/music.
I could go on right now about all the benefits you get from music that are way beyond the simple math/music focus, but fortunately for all of you, my friend Julie sent me Joanne Lipman’s article that was published in the October 12th New York Times. I encourage you to check it out.
“Is Music the Key to Success?”