How learning music effects the brain
Helping Your Child improve
Every parent wants their child to hold the number one spot in the classroom. There is immense competition in the world, and being just ‘good’ at things just doesn’t cut it anymore. You want them to excel in every sphere so that they can face the challenges in life head on. A child starts absorbing and learning new things from the moment he/she enters this world. The more you can help enhance the child's learning process, the better they adapt and develop their skills. Music, it has been found, helps brain development in early childhood. Let's see how:
Helps Increase Cognitive Abilities
The left and right hemispheres in our brain affect how we learn and function. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience* revealed that learning music in the early life stages affects and strengthens the connection of nerve fibers that connect both hemispheres. Since it is the control and communication hub between the different regions of the brain, a stronger connection means faster communication, leading to enhanced cognitive abilities.
Modifies the Brain’s Functions for Optimal Performance
Learning music is a multi-sensory experience. Children who learn music have to be engaged at different levels to understand the notes, differentiate the sounds, and play the instruments. In essence, it allows musicians to better integrate sensory information from hearing, sight and touch. Numerous research studies have been conducted on the subject, the general consensus being that those who undergo musical training have greater ability to process information from multiple senses at the same time. In a study in Northwestern University** enhanced stimulation of brain changes was also seen in children who actively participate in music class and create meaningful engagement.
Fosters Language Development and Memory
Enrolling infants in music lessons is not only beneficial for their later life but it also helps them in their current stage of development. Research conducted at the Center for Music Learning at University of Texas, Austin*** revealed that seven-month-old infants could differentiate between timbre and melody. The ideal way to language development is through singing and by exploring words and rhymes following similar tunes; the memory of infants can be enhanced. An infant's brain cells require sensory input to build and connect, as it's not developed at the time of birth. Music acts as an auditory stimulation that helps aid language and other skills as well.
Music is not only soothing to the ears but it aids the child in a number of ways, which later in life, help them to cope with the growing nature of demands. With improved cognition, memory, and motor skills, children learn to differentiate and develop enhanced sensory inputs, helping them perform better.
Forte School of Music can help you help your child outperform their peers at school. Our music programs for children start from as early as 6 months because that is the prime time of learning and enhancing a child's intellectual skills. Try a lesson - just fill in the form below, call us or email us.