Ask any musician, "Why should I take music lessons?" and you'll receive a million answers.  The "Mozart effect" introduced us to the belief that listening to classical music enhanced one's ability to perform better on tests, not to mention increases awareness of pitch, timbre, and rhythm.  Other studies have shown that studying music also enhances one's abilities in the language arts, as well as in math and science.  Take a look at the articles below, and you'll understand why I (and millions like me) are stalwart believers in music education, both independent and within school systems:

The link below directs you to the New York Times article by Perri Klass, MD.  It may give you even more reasons of why and how music lessons can be beneficial for the long-term.
Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

This article by Joanne Lipman elaborates even further.  As the author states, "The phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association. Strikingly, many high achievers told me music opened up the pathways to creative thinking. And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously."  These are valid enough reasons to maintain and foster music education independently and within all school systems.
Is Music the Key to Success?

 

And, finally, below is a rather large portion of an article which music teacher Philip Johnston posted on the website The Practice Spot:

"Forget music. 'Pressure' is a word which seems to be attached mostly to sports heroes. Making the shot after the final buzzer. Positioning yourself to catch a ball that has been hit high into the glare of the floodlights, while seventy thousand fans at the ground hold their breath, and the remaining forty thousand are willing you to trip on your own shoelaces.

In of itself, pressure is actually neutral; it inherently neither good nor ill. It is simply a logical consequence of caring deeply about the outcome of a situation, while simultaneously being in a position where your actions can directly determine that outcome. Sports analogies are useful because they are the most tangible illustrations, but all adults know that pressure is a regular part of our professional lives, no matter what career we follow.

Music students are in the unusual position of having to confront pressure at an early age, and having to confront it often. And despite the encouragement we are given to reduce stress in our lives, this early exposure to pressure is actually a priceless advantage.

Why? It means that when these music students are adults, pressure will feel like a familiar adversary, rather than a terrifying Portent of Doom. They will have faced it and defeated it in countless exams, concerts, workshops and lessons.  They learn to have it work for them, rather than sabotaging their best. And they learn to accept it as a natural part of doing things that matter.

Our music lessons won't immunize them from being nervous at an important job interview or presentation. But the skills they acquired in working with nerves for their various music performances are transferable: control your breathing, frame the situation positively, focus on the job at hand rather than the consequences. And don't go too fast."