Research shows taking music lessons can speed up brain development in children

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. 

However, the interpretation of the findings remains unclear. For example, the differences reported between adult musicians and non-musicians might be due to long-term intensive training or might result primarily from inherent biological factors, such as genetic makeup. 

Or, as with many aspects of the nature-versus-nurture debate, the differences could well result from contributions of both environmental and biological factors. 

One way to better understand the effects of music training on child development would be to study children before they start any music training and... READ MORE

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