In modern day education, music education is discounted due to lack of applicability in the workforce, and in higher education. I have always found this unfortunate because of the complete disregard for the incredible benefits that music education brings to all ages during their education process; many benefits being unrelated to musicianship overall, but for overall grounding within their experience in education and workforce. From my experience teaching within the arts, and especially teaching music, I have found that many of my students benefit in ways that most are unaware of.
First and foremost, music allows for the student to develop cognitive functions such as reading, writing, memory and recognizing symbols and patterns in a way that serves a function that they can understand and enjoy. Simple tricks used when learning how to play an instrument, such as relaxation techniques, developing focus and understanding the benefits of practical discipline when learning is just a few of many cognitive skills that I enjoy watching my students develop. I have heard from parents that being able to find time in the day to practice their instrument helps with developing routines for homework, and shows them how the learning process works; where daily practice and applying oneself can bring about recognizable results. Last, but not least, music helps the students develop a sense of confidence and self-worth that becomes recognizable throughout all aspects of their life.
In my experience as a musician, as well as a music teacher, I have found music to be one of the strongest educational tools for all ages and helps me within all aspects of life to this day.