The Royal Conservatory of Music published a summary of studies on the benefits of music study in childhood development.
"A WEALTH OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH over
the last decade is proving that music education
is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full
intellectual, social, and creative potential.
l It speeds the development of speech and
l It trains children to focus their attention
for sustained periods
l It helps children gain a sense of empathy
Music study requires a high degree of precision
in auditory processing: being almost in tune
is not good enough. This means that musically
trained children are better able to distinguish
subtle details of speech, leading to improved
reading, better comprehension, and also a
greater ability to interpret what other people
– children and adults – are really saying. "
Here is the link to the full text. I think it is worth the read.
Your Child’s Development:Music Study may be the Best Tool
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.