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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