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Recent research demonstrates that children who receive even a few years of music lessons have brains that mature faster. They are better at discriminating pitches. Music training during childhood can also benefit language acquisition, speech perception and the readiness to read. Here is an exciting article from the Scientific American magazine about all the positive effects of music on the human brain:

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Here is a podcast from the Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Benefits of Music


There is no substitute for music. Besides giving us joy, music enriches the inner self: it nourishes the love of learning, puts us in touch with our feelings and facilitates growth in motivation, self-discipline, time management and social skills. We do not play an instrument or sing to get to the end of the piece; we do it to make music.

Music helps us relate to the wider world, to get away from our daily routine. It teaches cooperation and teamwork and encourages cultural awareness: music reflects the history, literature, and culture of a country in song texts and in musical style. In addition, song lyrics offer a unique means of reinforcing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.