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Music Makes You Smarter

Article from Onlinecollege.org 2012

 

You might not always notice it, but music is all around—from the stereo in your car to the music piped in at department stores. And you also may not be aware that music has a wide array of impacts on your health: Studies show that music has a strong effect on your mood levels and emotions, and also on how you think and your general intelligence. The music you listen to can have a profound effect on your test scores and your ability to quickly process information. And if you’ve ever played an instrument, studies show that you’re already ahead of the curve. Playing an instrument is a great way to test out your creative thinking and push your brain to process information in a new way. The infographic to the left takes a look at the notion that whether you’re listening or playing, a little music can go a long way. 

How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Anita Collins 

 

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

The Benefits of Music Education

by Laura Lewis Brown, PBS Parents Article for Childern

 

Whether your child is the next Beyonce or more likely to sing her solos in the shower, she is bound to benefit from some form of music education. Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. 

  • Language Development

  • Increased IQ

  • Spatial-Temporal Skills

  • Improved Test Scores

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