Yeah, yeah — we know you hated every minute of going to piano.
We'd like to tell you your parents made you because they knew about this new study, but this study didn't exist back then. They probably just wanted some alone time.
The study included 45 young adults, and found those with at least one year of childhood musical training had enhanced neurological responses to sound, a trait tied to improved learning and listening abilities.
Here's what the study author had to say:
“There’s good evidence that playing a musical instrument can profoundly affect the nervous system, but most of the studies have looked at people who are still playing. This is the first study, to my knowledge, to look at the more typical scenario of people taking music lessons as kids.”
Basically if you are good at listening to music, you're better at learning!
Check it out:
“We know from previous studies that if you have a robust response to sound, you’re generally a better learner. You’re better able to hear conversations in noisy places, your reading ability tends to be better and your auditory memory also seems to benefit. Those skills are important. To me — and this is just my scientific opinion based on converging evidence — those are dollars well spent.”
“Certainly the hypothesis to be tested now is whether these experiences in childhood continue to have a mark on the nervous system throughout people’s lives."
Get at it!
We'd love to know!
Parents — now you have a better reason to send your little ones (instead of the usual need to live a life through them)!
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