Research

“Baby Mozarts Grow Up To Be Shakespeares; Early Musical Training Prepares Infants For Language Learning”

That is one of the more pompous article titles I’ve seen recently, but the point of the article is sound (in more than one sense): musical activities for infants and toddlers positively affect more than just their musical development. This article talks about a study done at the University of Washington to test (and confirm) the hypothesis that music activities help infants with their speech development. One thing that struck me about the study was that the process of music-making with the young people, as described, sounds a lot like what goes on in a Music Together® class! The link to the article is below (Beware: along with pompous titles, the site is heavy in click-bait—um, you DO know to just ignore it, don’t you?)

http://www.medicaldaily.com/baby-mozart-musical-training-learning-language-383120

 

The scientific studies on the benefits of music in children's lives just keep cascading into the news. If you are making music with your child, congratulations! Not only is your family having loads of fun singing and dancing and cavorting, but you are helping set up your child for success. If your are not making music with your child...well, now is a great time to sign up for a music class right here.

From the article: One of the largest scientific studies into music's effect on the brain has found something striking: Musical training...provides tremendous benefits to children's emotional and behavioral maturation.

Read the whole thing here:http://mic.com/articles/108022/science-just-discovered-something-amazing-about-what-childhood-piano-lessons-did-to-you

Music training does more than sports, theater or dance to improve key academic skills.

That's a quote from no less an august publication than the Wall Street Journal, which recently published an article about music and children and how well they all go together, at least as far as education goes. The main point of the article is that children who participate in music-making activities, like taking formal music lessons, being in the school band, etc. are generally smarter and do better in school than children who don't do the music stuff.

According to the article (and according to me, Mr. Mark) child-development research is showing, time and again, that there's lots more benefits to be had from formal music lessons than just getting better at playing a musical instrument. Although, of course, playing a musical instrument is a wonderful benefit in and of itself. Here's the complete article.

New research finds additional evidence that childhood brain development is stimulated for the better with musical instruction. 

As reported by United Press International (UPI), young children experience significant benefits to brain development when exposed to musical experiences such as toddler music classes and formal lessons.

 

Here is an article from ABC News about how beneficial formal music instruction can be for your child.

Music lessons early in life may have lasting benefits on the brain, a new study found.

The study of 45 young adults 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.

Read the whole article here.