Music has a positive influence on children

Rhythm and beats

The research, which is a review of several studies on the benefits of music, suggested that connections between brain cells are established during musical training that can aid in other forms of communication, such as speech, reading and understanding a foreign language.

“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,” said the researchers, at the Northwestern University (NU).

The studies, they said, showed that society should “re-examine the role of music in shaping individual development” and schools should consider boosting efforts to incorporate musical training into the curriculum, LiveScience reported.

Studies have shown such training leads to changes in the brain’s auditory system. For instance, pianists show more brain activity in their auditory cortex — the part of the brain responsible for processing sounds — than non-musicians in response to hearing piano notes.

Musicians also have larger brain volumes in areas important for playing a musical instrument, including motor and auditory regions, the researchers 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.

An enhanced ability to detect changes in pitch might help musicians better judge emotion in speech or distinguish a statement from a question, the researchers said.

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