Why Music Training is Good for Your Brain

Association of Educators
November 27, 2013 — 767 views  

It is already known that music stimulates the brain. It makes a person more motivated and active. Now it has been found that music training sharpens the neural pathways in the brain as well. Long durations of music training during the early childhood of a person has been shown to increase overall cognitive ability and improve performance in academics as well as extracurricular activities.

How Music Affects the Brain

Music, put simply, is a set of synchronized sound waves.. But when it reaches the mind of a person it produces surprising effects. Music affects the same part of the brain which deals with learning and memory. It follows that good music skills should translate to having sharper memory than average. Research has shown this to be true. Although this has not been totally confirmed yet, the indications are surely there.

Learning music requires heavy use of memory, creativity and focus. All these make intensive use of the brain’s abilities. It is also known that different types of music appeal to different types of people. This is again due to differences in brain chemistry and how the brain develops during childhood.

Music is associated with producing dopamine, which is a brain chemical associated with pleasure and happiness. Listening to your favorite music produces high levels of dopamine in the body.

Why You Too Should Practice Music

Child prodigies all have one thing in common; they become exceptionally proficient at an adult’s task at a very young age. It is the same with music. In fact, child prodigies in music and child prodigies in other areas show similar patterns of growth and development. This has been confirmed by researchers.

Child prodigies have a high level of neurocortex folding in their brains. The same has been observed in people who have regularly practiced music since their childhood. It has also been observed that the same people are more likely to achieve more success in their life, education and career. In other words, music helps you both in your personal and professional life.

The studies that were carried out are now being repeated with different parameters to fine tune the results. Many more such results might be found in the future as well. But the conclusion remains the same; music practice improves intelligence, memory and many other areas of brain performance. 

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