Music - Nectar for the soul

Encourage your child to learn to play a musical instrument 

abies respond to music, loving it when parents talk to them in musical speech. A study done with two groups of 6 month old babies had the Active Group involved in lots of singing, banging of instruments, and learning songs and a Passive Group which had to listen to Baby Einstein CDs while playing with toys.

Researchers found that the Active Group outpaced the Passive Group socially in virtually every way. They smiled more, laughed more and were easier to calm down when stressed. Infant gestures such as waving and pointing improved. Essentially the infants were more empathetic and relational with parents.

Research shows music training benefits in so many parts of our lives. Musicians are better listeners, better in sound differentiation and speech. Better able to distinguish and pay attention to specific sounds in locations with other noises.

Music training seems to boost writing and word recognition improving language processes. Children practicing a musical instrument for at least three years see higher levels of vocabulary and reasoning skills. Children starting music lessons before 7, tend to have superior sensory-motor integration when they are adults. Musical training seems to provide direct improvements in working memory.

A study from Boston Children’s Hospital reports that musical training may promote the development and maintenance of important mental skills. These functions allow for planned, controlled behavior, enabling us to manage our time and attention, organize our thoughts, and regulate our behavior, essential to success in school, as well as later in life.

 

By Donovan Rasch, Director of Musician’s Gear Zone, WWW.MUSICIANSGEARZONE.CO.ZA

Sources: Brain Rules by John Medina, New Evidence of Mental Benefits from Music Training by Tom Jacobs

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