Music Makes You Smarter
Learning to play an instrument can help other academics
“Play Mozart for toddlers, it’s good for them.” Raise your hand if you’ve heard that before.
While it’s definitely not a bad idea, the links between brain development and listening to music are generally pretty minor. What’s definitely worth your attention, though, are the links between learning to play music and developing a brain that’s smarter and more capable. Check this out:
“New research shows that musicians' brains are highly developed in a way that makes the musicians alert, interested in learning, disposed to see the whole picture, calm, and playful. The same traits have previously been found among world-class athletes, top-level managers, and individuals who practice transcendental meditation.” (see here and here)
That’s based on research from a multinational team who studied the capabilities of both professional and amateur musicians. They found that more experienced and skilled musicians were able to process other sorts of complex tasks quicker and more effectively.
What does that mean for your student? I can mean a lot of things. Better scores on complex math. Better understanding of literary concepts. Better synthesis of data in science or history. Just look at the owners of the School of Dance and Music, Dan and Liliana, who both grew up heavily involved in dance and music. Dan studied electrical engineering, while Liliana was a biology major.
Learning to play music makes for a smarter, more confident, more positive person who feels prepared to take on a challenge. And the great news? It’s not just for the pros! Although professional musicians saw greater benefits, even amateurs shared in the wealth.
So get your child playing because they’ll love learning piano, or guitar, or violin, or drums, or whatever instrument you end up choosing, and because you’ll love the jump-start in life it’ll give them.