Even though my children have not chosen careers in the musical field, the music program was hugely beneficial to them. It made school fun, they acquired friends of all ages, and they continue to socialize together even though many have gone in different directions.
When they get together:
Abby is on the banjo, Brett on guitar, Nicole is on the drum and slinky, Cayce/Bass & Grace plays the violin.
I have yet to see them get together to practice math, or read. Band is a marvelous course and important to acquiring well rounded life skills.