A New York Times article by Joanie Lipman entitled, “Is Music the Key to Success?”
Many of these concepts mentioned here are, in my opinion, fundamental to becoming what most people would call “successful.” Music forces you to think in a way that no other art form does; it causes you to consider others more important (though you still play an important role) at times, forces you to intake multiple stimuli at once, and causes you to learn technical skills that are incredible. It is also a great help with those who struggle in reading: the decoding process must be done at a forced rate, and this helps with fluency in reading books (also, finding books a child likes is helpful). I have been told that some of my long-time piano students (one slightly autistic) have made improvements in reading, verbalization, and in handwriting at school. Music is great!