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How Does Learning to Play an Instrument Affect a Child's Brain?

Posted On: 5/15/2018 2:36 PM

Two elementary students playing violins in performance"Anyone who's learned to play a musical instrument knows that it helps to develop discipline, coordination and time-management skills. But research from the University of Vermont indicates it can also make kids smarter and more emotionally balanced.
 
...In 2014, Dr. Jim Hudziak and his colleagues published a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry on the effects of learning a musical instrument on child brain development. As expected, researchers saw improvements in areas of the brain involved in muscle control and coordination in kids ages 6 to 18 who played an instrument. But Hudziak and his team also saw improvements in regions of the brain that regulate behavior, emotions, working memory, attention and future planning. We asked Hudziak what lessons parents can take from his work."

Read more at KidsVT.com - February 27, 2018
Photo credit: Shining Mountain Waldorf School
 

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