Another Reason to Make Music at Trinity

Summer Choir

Sundays 10 a.m.

No commitment necessary. Come to Room 115 at 10 a.m. on Sunday to learn that day’s anthem for the 10:30 a.m. service.



By Jerry Rich, Director of Music

If you’re looking for a reason to join one of Trinity’s music ensembles, a recent study suggests that being in a musical activity may offer intellectual benefits. It discovered that, among high-performing high school students, grades were consistently better for students who continued their music studies than those who dropped them after two years.

Harvard University’s Leonid Perlovsky studied 180 high school students in Quebec who had been chosen for an International Baccalaureate program. Music was compulsory for their first two years of high school and optional for the final three years. Each year, the grades of students involved in music were higher than those of students who had not chosen to study music; of the 25 courses rated, music students performed better in all but two. While these results do not prove causality, the music courses seem to have provided intellectual and emotional benefits, leading to higher test scores.

Perhaps music helps us cope with the discomfort of discovering information that contradicts one of our core beliefs. By living with this cognitive dissonance through exposure to music, we are open to new ideas that in turn lead to intellectual and emotional growth. Being socially connected by membership in an ensemble also helps strengthen social bonds and encourage intellectual curiosity.

Music in Christian worship has always existed to help us pray together and praise God with one voice. But if it has the potential to also make us a little smarter, or more curious, or more flexible, or more collaborative, that’s a bonus! If you’d like more information about Trinity’s music groups, please contact Jerry Rich.


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Trinity United Methodist Church is located in McLean, VA. Our weekly worship services are on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at noon. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. for children and adults. Children up to 6th grade are also invited to Children's Education during the 10:30 service. Adult Bible Study also occurs on Mondays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Please visit our website for more information.

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