Why Study Music? – To have an outlet for creativity and self expression. – Playing and listening to music stimulates the imagination. – Music helps the brain grow. Playing, listening to, and reading music physically develops both hemispheres of the brain. – To develop listening skills. – Music is a potential in every person and like all potentials should be developed to its highest possible expression. – Music study develops focused attention, concentration, and self discipline. – To develop an understanding of delayed gratification, and the value of sustained effort. – To develop higher thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis. – To experience the thrill of challenges met. – Music study uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for reading, math, chess, and engineering. – Music provides a glimpse of other cultures and history. – Music study forces one to conquer fear and take risks. – Playing a musical instrument is a potent stress reliever.