Musical Education Benefits Brain Development
Musical education in childhood can produce changes in brain organization that will continue to benefit an individual throughout his or her lifespan! Why is musical education important?
You may have heard about the "Mozart Effect" - how just listening to Classical music improves cognitive ability. Music research has found little evidence for the Mozart Effect - it's a myth! (1) However, actively studying and learning music can lead to improvements in cognitive and academic abilities. Researchers have shown that as little as one year of musical education can lead to better language and cognitive skills. (2)
On a biological level, actively engaging in musical training creates valuable connections in the brain. The senses and reward system are engaged as you produce music. Musical education benefits individual development across the lifespan. Research over the last two decades suggests that musical training can promote brain plasticity into adulthood! In other words, learning an instrument at any age will help your brain change for the better over time as you age. (3)
Learning to Play an Instrument is Fun!
Lastly, learning an instrument is rewarding! It's a great way to build motivation and develop a new skill, all while learning music that is fun to play.
Learn More about the Benefits of Musical Education!
(1)Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children, Journal of Neuroscience.
- Retrieved from http://www.jneurosci.org/content/34/36/11913.full.pdf+html
- Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2996135/