Long Term Benefits to Early Music Lessons

I’m a firm believer in the power of music. I’m the kind of person who throws on something slow while I study, or something upbeat to get chores done at home. I also look back fondly on my days of piano instruction and long for a time when I can fit playing the piano back into my life. When I came across this NY Times post, I just had to pass it along here.

According to the article, a group of neuroscience researchers have been analyzing the brains of young people exposed to music. They have found that attending music lessons during childhood influences the following:

  • improved auditory/listening skills
  • being able to decipher information, like pitch, when presented with complex sounds
  • improved language-based learning, e.g. reading, which requires the ability to make sound-to-meaning connections and engage in working memory (important for many academic tasks)
  • attention skills

If you are interested in having your child enrolled in music lessons, the article warns that this pursuit should be enjoyable to you and your child, as it will influence how well they master the instrument. Along with your child, choose an instrument that is affordable and practical to your family’s lifestyle. Then kick back and enjoy the music!

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About Traci S. Williams-Nurse

Dr. Traci Williams-Nurse is a licensed psychologist who specialized in child, adolescent and family psychology. Her interests include child development, family functioning, video games and food. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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