It's a shame that music education is not made a priority in the USA. According to the White House's Turnaround Arts program, lower socio-economic communities rely on privately funded (after school) music programs which only benefit a small percentage of children. As a result, 1.3 million elementary school students and 2.1 million secondary students have no access to music education.
In a world where music charts are dominated by rap, rock, pop, country and more modern sounding music, the question of why classical music is even relevant in today's world always comes up. From our point of view, classical music lays the foundation someone to discover their inner genuis. It trains the brain to acknowlege all parts that work together to make a whole. Within an orchestration of classical music, your ear can be trained to hear the high riffs of the violin and the low rumble of chello juxtaposed against the shrill of a trumpet and the soft strings of a harp.
While listening to music has it's own amazing benefits, playing it is even better for brain development as it requires fine motor skills which are controlled in both hemispheres of the brain. Studies indicate that reading and playing music combines the linguistic and mathematical disciplines, engaging both the left (logical) and right (creative) hemispheres. As a result there is an increase the volume and activity in the brain’s corpus callosum –the bridge between the two hemispheres– to allow messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes.