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Why Should Your Child Learn Music

The results are in—playing a musical instrument or listening to the right kind of music can positively affect brain health and function…improve mood, increase intelligence, enhance learning and concentration, and ward off the effects of brain aging.

Early music instruction encourages the brain’s capacity to change and grow. Studies have shown that the brain of a musician is larger than non-musicians in areas responsible for motor control, auditory processing, and spatial coordination (understanding how things work together).

Children with musical backgrounds do better in subjects like language, reading,and math. These children also have better fine motor skills than their non-musical classmates. I discovered, through my own experience teaching elementary school, that the students’ reading comprehension improved as they learned to read sheet music.

Albert Einstein, Nobel-Prize winning physicist and accomplished violinist with a life-long passion for music, believed that his theory of relativity occurred to him by intuition and that music was a driving force. Warren Buffet, one of the most successful and wealthy investors in the world, stays mentally sharp at 87 by playing the ukulele.

Music listening improves mood, concentration, and motivation, and helps decrease anxiety, anger, stress, and frustration. The familiar tunes, “Whistle While You Work” and “Whistle a happy tune…whenever I am afraid” are actually research-based!

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