Using Music to Develop Young Brains
Musical training helps develop the brain; study after study has shown that and we all want to have smart children. The Montreal Neurological Institute and McGill University studies have shown that children who received keyboard instruction for 15 months showed greater behavioral improvements on finger motor tasks and melody/rhythmic tasks.
The IQ’s of young students who had nine months of weekly training in piano or voice rose nearly three points more than their untrained peers (Study by E. Glenn Schellenberg, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2004).
Music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students. These music students also have more A and B grades compared to non-music students.
More music majors who applied for medical school were admitted compared to those in other majors including English, biology, chemistry and math.
All of the above reasons are why every child should experience music lessons at a young age. Keyboard playing and rhythm ensembles nurture team skills. Group piano lessons encourage communication in a positive verbal and nonverbal manner; cooperation with peers; helps students achieve success; teach children self-control; and helps students accept the consequences of their own behavior. Group Music for Young Children lessons help students develop the positive attitudes and skills needed for collaboration, leadership and peer acceptance.
Piano playing needs dedication and a good work ethic. The child must train hard to develop skills and fitness and regular practice will instill discipline that can be applied to many areas of life. When the child is playing the piano it helps them reduce their anxiety and stress because it helps the mind re-focus, thus relieving stress.
Students naturally like to play and work together and it adds excitement to their learning. The most important thing parents can know is that their child will develop in a far more enriched way when they are taking music lessons.
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