The Benefits of String Sprouts

Even among the other arts, the pursuit of music is unique.

Music is both a subjective and an objective art form. In no other academic or artistic discipline is a student required to give the correct answer (playing the proper note) at exactly the correct time (in rhythm). As it turns out, practicing this level of precision while tapping into the communicative power of music can have lasting effects on the brain, especially if it starts before the age of 7.

According to findings recently published by Psychology Today, early study of music benefits brain architecture for a person’s entire life. The scientists theorize that, because playing an instrument requires so many parts of the brain to be active at once, the connections formed actually stimulate brain growth, especially between hemispheres.

This is amazing news for students of music, but here’s the problem: in many public schools, instrumental instruction doesn’t begin until fourth grade or later (long after even age 7), and if parents or caregivers want to get their kids involved earlier, it can be a significant financial burden.

That’s where String Sprouts comes in.

We want every child to have the opportunity to maximize their potential. That’s why we bring the education and instruments to them — in their schools, libraries, and community centers — at no cost to families.

Early childhood music education has been shown to:

  • Improve classroom behavior
  • Extend attention span
  • Strengthen motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Give kids a jump-start on academic subjects, including math, language, and even science

Program evaluation findings

String Sprouts positively affects parent-child relationships decreasing conflict ratings and significantly increasing parents’ closeness. UNMC Munroe-Meyer evaluations show a strong correlation between music skills and:

  • Phonological awareness
  • Working memory
  • Vocabulary
  • Math

Source: 2015-16 program evaluation by UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute

String Sprouts helps pre-schoolers with academic skills (letters, numbers, comparisons) and executive function (attention, emotion regulation, planning, working memory).

Source: 2015-16 program evaluation by UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute

In addition to showing significant measured increases in technical skills required to play a string instrument, student vocabularies significantly improved with participation in String Sprouts.

Source: 2015-16 program evaluation by UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute

Source: 2015-16 program evaluation by UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute.