I’ve seen many kids grumble to attend the music lessons that their parents forcibly enroll them in. Parents contend that the lessons are good for their child’s development. Amazingly, they seem to be right in this aspect. The fact, as confirmed by studies, is that all those lessons really help your brain development.
Studies on the effect of the training for musical instrument on the human brain show that the activity reduces memory decline incidents. Further, it slows down cognitive aging too. Musicians who have a minimum of 10 years of training in musical instruments possess sharp cognitive skills even with advanced age. These studies confirm that using music for exercise helps to preserve our cognitive skills.
The studies also highlighted the fact that learning music at an early age, say before nine years, resulted in improved memory and better reorganization of digits mentally, while musical activity in old age leads to improved nonverbal skills like visuospatial judgement. This also helped to buffer the lower educational levels effectively. This shows that musical training holds promise as a key form of educational training and can be considered as an alternative education form too in future.
The other benefits of learning music include:
- Musical activity enhances memory even when you age, due to the preservation of cognitive skills. This has been proved by studies made in older adults in relation to their active involvement in musical instruments and various other leisure activities.
- Continued learning activity even past 60 years helps in enhanced cognitive benefits such as better memory and lowered risk of Alzheimer’s. Playing a musical instrument for a minimum of 10 years continuously will help in gaining better cognitive skills.
- Benefits of starting young cannot be overemphasized. When you start training in musical instruments like piano before the age of nine, it gives optimized cognitive advantages and enhanced verbal functions related to memory.
With the above factors in mind, you may think that just enrolling you kids in music classes is sufficient to make your child active and perform well academically. But the crux of the matter is the child needs to be engaged in the music and participate in it. This helps to enhance the neural processing center of the brain. Brain can be made more powerful only via active generation of sound and manipulation of the sound.
The evolution of music over the years and its impact on human brain has been proved beyond doubt with many studies. Thus, meaningful engagement and active experience are needed to stimulate the brain into functioning optimally.
The engagement level of the child in music training is very important as it results in enhanced improvement in reading scores and speech ability, when compared to the children who were less involved in the musical training. Thus to get what is termed as ‘Mozart effect’ you need to start playing an instrument actively, instead of just listening to it.
Only when you actively participate, will you be engaged completely and get the full benefits. When children are allowed to play instruments they like and enjoy playing, it would help them do it for years easily. Moreover, remember that it is never late to take up to training in musical instruments. Even over 60 years, the cognitive benefits help to reduce the age related decline.