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Music Makes You Smarter

Music is an international language used every day all over the world. Music has become a vital part in everyday life, whether it is used for entertainment, therapy, career, or religion. The evolution and study of music has also become more prominent in today’s society.

I have two sons, both involved in music. My oldest son, a senior at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, is majoring in music education. He would first like to be a high school band director, then continue on for his master’s and doctorate degrees. He currently plays 14 instruments.

My youngest son, a junior in high school, is part of the saxophone section in band. He also plays electric and acoustic guitar and competes yearly in Battle of the Bands.

There is so much more to music than people can imagine. So many people only think of the popular music on the radio, but my son has taught me to appreciate different types of music.

Before the era of “pop” music, there were many genres, ranging from classical to jazz. A popular thing to do was to take your spouse to an orchestra concert or a classy jazz club to dance. But over time, it seems classical music is still popular among music students, but pop music is rising in popularity more and more over the years.

But here is the interesting thing: it turns out being a musician has more perks than just a good hobby. Scientific research shows music “makes you smarter.” Studies show that since musicians use both sides of their brain more, being a musician helps in other fields of study, such as math, science, and reading.

A study published in Psychology Today states: “Boston Children’s Hospital found a correlation between musical training and improved executive function in both children and adults. Previous studies have identified a link between musical training and cognitive abilities, but few have looked specifically at the effects of early musical training on executive function.”

Other studies revealed:

  • Musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.
  • Beginning training before the age of seven has been shown to have the greatest impact. This is the age at which musical training begins to affect brain anatomy as an adult.
  • Brain circuits involved in musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training, leading to less reliance on working memory and more extensive connectivity within the brain.

Even Albert Einstein’s mother was a talented musician and made it part of her family’s daily life. This lead to Albert himself becoming an accomplished violinist.

You may not become the next Einstein, but there is no doubt that music makes you smarter. The earlier you expose yourself or your children to the wonderful world of music, the better.

Read more about the Psychology Today study here:

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