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Entries in music lessons (1)

Tuesday
Sep182012

In the News: Music...it's good for you!

Dr. Perri Klass, a pediatrician who writes for the “18 and Under” column of the New York Times, recently tackled the topic of early music lessons and its effect on brain development. There’s no doubt that music is good for the soul – it can be uplifting, emotional, and even healing (which is why we have music therapy in hospitals). But is it good for the brain too?

Recent studies suggest that musicians tend to be able to discern certain sounds in noisy backgrounds more effectively than non-musicians. They are also better able to distinguish pitch. These tools are important in the development of speech and language, and may come in handy when acquired at an early age. Music lessons also appear to improve attention and memory, which are other helpful skills to have in childhood. 

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