Study Shows Correlation Between Music, Memory

A recent study by McMaster University shows that children who study music exhibit superior memory skills. After one year, children who studied music performed better than children who did not on memory tests associated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ...

Senior Band Director Chris Allen says playing music makes the brain work much harder by forcing the brain to perform many tasks instantaneously. “It is definitely tremendous brain exercise. There are a million things you have to decipher at any given moment; whether the note is high or low, soft or loud, fast or slow, the duration of the note, etc. And really that is only the mechanics. On top of that, your brain has to work to put emotion and into the music.” ...

After a person practices a piece of music, his or her brain will allot more space to developing that skill, Freedman says. “Playing any instrument would surely build brain development because when the brain is taught something new, there is more space in the brain devoted to performing the specific skill you are learning.” ...

Reading music fosters mental growth in the same way as does the study of a language, Brake says. “Reading music is obviously much more complicated than reading the alphabet. You have to take into account vertical lines, horizontal lines, clusters of notes, and still be able to express the pieces. That alone is enough to help brain development.”

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