Music Learning improves the brain

In this article, Dr. Nina Kraus, Director of the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University has studied how music learning shapes the brain and the abilities of music students for two decades. She has found that, over time, music learning shapes the development of the brain and nervous system in a way that improves students’ language learning and acquisition and also improves a student’s ability to listen in a a noisy environment and hear the important messages, despite the accompanying noise.

The article also notes how music learning, and other quality learning programs, improves our grades, behavior and moods.

Quality arts education programs (that include the elements identified in the RAND study) improve students’ competence, autonomy, and relatedness with laser-like precision. A student learns to play an instrument herself (autonomy). Over time she develops the ability to play it better, and to play increasingly difficult pieces (competence). And she performs these pieces before family and peers — either on her own or as part of an ensemble (relatedness).”

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The perfect Christmas gift for a budding new musician

Christmas time is the perfect time to give a new keyboard to the budding musician in the family.  A keyboard or piano is usually the beginning of a life of making music when piano lessons are started early in life.  Learning to play piano is possible at any age where there is a true desire.  When children begin piano lessons at an early age, however, they develops skills in concentration and establish discipline in good study habits.