According to a study conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of XM Radio Canada, children and young people who learn to play instruments may have an advantage over their non-musical peers.
The study concluded that 7 out of 10 Canadians who learned an instrument said it had a positive effect on their lives and assisted them in their academic studies. 66 percent of respondents placed instrument skills on the same level of importance as learning a second language. The poll also revealed that those students who learn an instrument early in life are more likely to pursue post-secondary education (this could be due to many factors, including assumed privilege of those able to access instruments and lessons).
“Learning to play an instrument is a huge part of many Canadians’ lives and has significant impact years later,” said Janet Gillespie, Marketing Vice-President, XM Canada. “Ensuring that Canadian children have access to music education is critical for keeping Canadian music alive and growing people not only culturally but personally. It’s a prime reason that XM Canada proudly supports initiatives to develop musical talent through organizations such as S’Cool Life Fund and MusiCounts.”
XM Canada recognizes the critical factor that musical studies play in the development of childhood learning and in November, 2010, launched the XM Instrument Fund. The fund will support existing music programs as well as establish new programming and provide critical money for new instruments.
This report affirms what many music educators already know–music enriches young lives and provides the critical self-confidence, motivation and achievement necessary to mold dynamic, self-sufficient and successful human beings. 45% of respondents claimed music heightened their creativity, while 32% claimed increased confidence and ability to self-teach, plus 46% reported heightened mental focus.
Music BC Charitable Foundation’s Shore 104.3 FMAdopt an Instrument program performs a similar service for Vancouver and the BC lower mainland, with plans to provide even more schools with new and refurbished donated instruments.