Saturday, July 24, 2010

Music helps kids improve learning

If your child is a music lover then be sure that he is a good learner. A new research has claimed that learning to play musical instruments has positive effects on the brain and it helps children improve their learning and understanding of language.
The research says that during the process of musical training there develops a connection the brain cells which helps in other form of communication, such as speech, reading and understanding a foreign language. It helps the students to increase their concentration power and enjoy their studies.
The researchers, at the Northwestern University (NU) in Illinois said that "The effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness.”
Musicians also have larger brain volumes in areas important for playing a musical instrument, including motor and auditory regions, the researchers said.
They found that these advantages of music training appear to cross over to our understanding of speech.
Music and speech have quite a bit in common. They both use pitch and timing to get information across, and both require memory and attention skills to process, they said.
Some studies showed that children with musical training have more neural activity in response to changes in pitch during speech than those without such training.


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