Want your kids to be intelligent? Make them listen to good music

By TNT Bureau

Oct 16, 2017:  Making your kids listen to music and music instruction helps to accelerate their brain development, according to a recent study. The progress mainly touches the part in the areas of the brain that are accountable for language development, sound, speech perception and reading skill.

The study was headed by scientists from the Brain and Creativity at USC in a joint venture with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Associations and Heart of Los Angeles. The study inspects and analyzes the impact of music instruction on kid’s cognitive, emotional and social improvement.

Child development and music

Assal Habibi, the lead author of the study said that the results of the study indicates that the children with music training were more accurate in processing sound as compared to other kisds with no such training.

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In the study, there was a group of 37 children from a deprived neighborhood of Los Angeles, who were scanned by the neuroscientists. Thirteen of them, aged 6 or 7 received music instruction. They learnt to play the musical instrument such as violin and practiced up to seven hours each week.

Other participants in the study involved 11 children in a community soccer program. They compared the three groups with the children who were engaged in music. The researchers used the tools like EEG to track the electrical activity in the brains, behavioral testing and other such methods and the MRI to check changes through the brain scans.

The rhythmic results

The results revealed that the hearing systems of the children in the music program speed up than in another group of children who were no involved in music. Habibi explained that the hearing system is stimulated by music and the system is also involved  in general sound processing.

This is necessary to reading skills, language progress and successful communication. After two years the kids were asked to compute their abilities to identify tones like piano tones, violin tones, and single frequency tone played. They were also able to distinguish similar and diverse melodies.

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The findings exposed that kids in the orchestra program were more precise at distinguishing pitch changes in the melodies as compared to the other groups. All the groups easily recognized the melodies. Conversely the children with music training had smaller PI potential amplitude in comparison to other kids, thus inducting a faster rate of maturation.

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