Motivation is crucial in how well children perform at school and is closely linked to self-perceptions of ability, self-efficacy and aspirations.
“If active engagement with music increases positive perceptions of self, this may transfer to other areas of study and increase motivation to persist. There were high correlations between positive self-perception, cognitive competence, self-esteem, and interest and involvement in school music. The confidence and self-beliefs that can accrue from learning to play a musical instrument and performing in public may increase motivation more generally leading to enhanced attainment across the whole curriculum.”
SOURCE(S): SUSAN HALLAM AND KEVIN ROGERS, THE IMPACT OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LEARNING ON ATTAINMENT AT AGE 16: A PILOT STUDY, NOVEMBER 2016.