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Even a few years of music training benefits the brain. 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.