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Mu­sic play­school en­hances chil­dren’s lin­guistic skills

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“According to the research conducted at the University of Helsinki, weekly music playschool significantly improved the development of children’s vocabulary skills. Several studies have suggested that intensive musical training enhances children’s linguistic skills. Such training, however, is not available to all children.” (more)

How Music Can Benefit Your Child and Exercise Their Brains

Guitar Girl Magazine – Staff Writer

“Want your child to be brighter, more confident, and teach them the value of perseverance? Introduce them to the joys of music! Whether they’re singing alone or learning the art of playing an instrument, every aspect of their life will be impacted for the better with music in it. If you’re wondering how music can benefit your child, check out just a few of the reasons we’ve compiled below.” (more)

Music & Language Lead to Efficient Brain

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“A new study reveals that bilinguals and trained musicians utilize fewer resources in their brains while doing tasks involving memory. This means that it’s easier for them to do so. As their brains use less effort to perform tasks, researchers infer that their musical and bilingual brains may protect them from the onset of cognitive decline later in life..” (more)

Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance: study

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities—including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition—which lead to improved academic performance. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the research is the first large-scale, longitudinal study to be adapted into the regular school curriculum. Visual arts lessons were also found to significantly improve children’s visual and spatial memory.” (more)

Lullaby of algebra: How mixing music and math helps engage students

Ed Source – Carolyn Jones

“Many studies, including one in the journal Memory and Cognition, have shown that information set to music is easier to remember. It’s how epics like “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” were passed down through the centuries, and how toddlers learn their ABCs and 123s. People with Alzheimer’s disease might not be able to remember their spouse, but can often recite songs from their youth. A 2009 study by a UC Davis psychology researcher, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, found that the region of the brain that stores memories is the same region that processes music and emotion. In short, music, memory and emotion are closely linked.” (more)