Music Truths Posts

Studies Show Instrument Training Makes It Easier To Focus

Studies have shown that assiduous instrument training from an early age can help the brain to process sounds better, making it easier to stay focused when absorbing other subjects, from literature to tensor calculus.
~ Hearing the music, honing the mind. (2010). Scientific American, 303(5), 16

Music Therapy Reduces Stress In Pregnant Women

Music therapy has been found to reduce psychological stress in a study of 236 pregnant women.
~ College of Nursing at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan

Cognitive Structures Developed Through Music Instruction Are Relevant For Multiple Disciplines

The cognitive structures developed through music instruction “exposed and illuminated more general organizing structures relevant for multiple disciplines.
~ Portowitz,P., Lichtenstein, O., Egorova, L., & Brand, E. (2009). Underlying mechanisms linking music education and cognitive modifiability. Research Studies in Music Education, 31, 107–29

Teens Feel That Playing Music Teaches Self Discipline

Teens feel that playing music teaches self discipline.
~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Study Shows Rhythm Relates With Reading Skills

A 2013 study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that adolescent-centered studies show that even very basic rhythm abilities, such as tapping to a beat, relate with reading skills.
~ White-Schwoch, T., Woodruff Carr, Anderson, S., Strait, D.L., Kraus, N. (2013), “Older adults benefit from music training early in life: Biological evidence for long-term training-driven plasticity,” The Journal of Neuroscience

Teens Look At Music As An Opportunity For Engagement

Teens look at music as an opportunity in school for engagement as performers, composers and intelligent listeners—activities and qualities that appear to be deeply meaningful to them
~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Regular Music Making Strengthens Nonmusical Brain Functions

A study published in 2010 found that regular music making strengthens nonmusical brain functions.
~ Kraus N., Chandrasekaran B. (2010), “Music training for the development of auditory skills.” Nature Reviews Neuroscience

Americans Believe Music Education Contributes To Personal Fulfillment

Four out of five Americans (80%) believe their music education has contributed to their level of personal fulfillment.
~ The Harris Poll®, July 2014