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Why Study Music?

Why Study Music?

Unlock your child’s potential

Music education can be an amazing tool for helping children develop. Engaging them creatively. Challenging them intellectually. Building strong relationships with other students and teachers. We believe you can bring out a children’s potential through music. Which is why we created a system of music education and resources for children and parents. Learn more about our research and the long-term value of music training:

The Benefits of Music Education:

The study of music does more than just create musicians. How does music education help children as their brains develop?

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Structured Music Education: The Pathway to Success 

We know that studying music can have positive effects on your brain. But what additional benefits do students get from structured music education? 

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When Words Fail 

Everyone loves music. It is, along with language, the most important form of communication we have. For many people music is something that they experience, but do not believe themselves able to produce or express.

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Music and Cognitive Benefits

Music makes you smarter. We’ve all heard that before. But is it true? Is there any evidence for this claim? What parts of intelligence might music affect? How does it make you smarter?

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The Benefits of Music Education

Notable Canadians share their thoughts about the value of music study

  • Dr. Vincent Lam

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    Doctor, award-winning novelist
    Royal Conservatory alumnus

    The student of the violin needs to have regular practice habits, needs to be able to take critique, and needs to have a humanistic imagination. These are also crucial qualities for a writer and a doctor. I think it helped me to have developed these skills early in life as a student of the violin.

  • Annabel Lyon

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    Author of The Golden Mean
    Royal Conservatory alumna

    “Completing my ARCT with The Royal Conservatory taught me art's essentials: discipline and joy. Who'd have thought that studying piano would also teach me to be a writer?”

  • Jeremiah Brown

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    Olympic Rower, 2012 Silver Medal Winner
    Royal Conservatory alumnus

    "Both music and sports provided limitless long-term development possibility. We all find ourselves gravitating toward some core interests in life…I think there’s so much intrinsic, meaningful experience in really focusing on what you enjoy doing.”

  • Piya Chattopadhyay

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    Journalist and Broadcaster
    Royal Conservatory alumna

    "People sometimes ask me what it is that makes me to be and sound confident as a broadcaster. I always harken back to my days growing up, learning Conservatory vocal, and standing in front of the examiner to pass each grade. No instrument is more personal than your own voice. Thank you Royal Conservatory for helping me become a Canadian broadcaster."

Learn from TED-Ed

Watch this TED-Ed talk to learn how playing an instrument benefits your brain, how fireworks go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and some of the long-terms positive effects of this mental workout.

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