It’s always great to hear of new tangible benefits to music education discovered through scientific studies:
a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience…shows for the first time that playing an instrument, and not just listening to music, shows real improvement in the literacy and language function of your child.
Study Finds Learning to Play Music May Improve Language Skills in Kids – NY1
Northwestern University neurobiologist Nina Kraus spent two years tracking 44 6-to-9-year-olds in the program and then measured their brain activity. She found a significant increase in the music students’ ability to process sounds, which is key to language, reading and focus in the classroom. Academic results bore that out: While the music students’ reading scores held steady, scores for a control group that didn’t receive lessons declined.
A couple great tangible examples of the exact ways in which music affects the brain.
A Musical Fix for American Schools – WSJ