New Study Finds Children Playing Music Increases Brain Power

Children Playing Music Increases Brain Power

Everyday there seems to be more and more evidence suggesting children playing music increases brain power. A study by Canada’s Rotman research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, released the latest study.

Apparently, adults who had some music training before they were 14 years old were 20% faster when it came to identifying speech sounds in comparison to those who did not play music before 14.

“Musical activities are an engaging form of cognitive brain training and we are now seeing robust evidence of brain plasticity from musical training not just in younger brains, but in older brains too.” Said Gavin Bidelman, the man who led the study.

“In our study we were able to predict how well older people classify or identify speech using EEG imaging. We saw a brain-behavior response that was two to three times better in the older musicians compared to non-musicians peers. In other words, old musicians’ brains provide a much more detailed, clean and accurate depiction of the speech signal, which is likely why they are much more sensitive and better at understanding speech.”

This only strengthens the belief that early music participation helps the brain develop and can boost the cognitive abilities. Not only that, but the benefits last even into old age; counteracting cognitive decline.

No excuses, get your children into music and let them experience the benefits that comes with making music.

Neil is the former Online Editor for Making Music Magazine and tested his skill with tickling the ivories once, but since having been part of the team at Making Music, he might give it a second try.

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