Members of the P.E.I. Chapter of Parkinson Canada are participating in two hour-long sessions called Singing with Parkinson's. It's being offered through the Confederation Centre of the Arts by Toronto actress Paula Wolfson.
Music training has been found to be related to better language and mathematical skills, higher IQ, and overall greater academic achievement. Also, differences between musicians and non-musicians have been found in areas of the brain related to hearing and movement, among others.
As one of the first records of human music, infant-directed singing permeates cultural boundaries and parenting traditions. Unlike other forms of caregiving, the act of mothers singing to infants is a universal behavior that seemingly withstands the test of time.
Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by USC neuroscientists.
The famous phrase penned by writer Hans Christian Andersen rings true for many people with Alzheimer's disease - even in the very late stages. Ezinma Ramsay, 24, a classically trained violinist in New York City,…