Music Training In Children Leads To Gains In Motor Function

Music training leads to greater gains in auditory and motor function when begun in young childhood; by adolescence, the plasticity that characterizes childhood has begun to decline. Nevertheless, our results establish that music training impacts the auditory system even when it is begun in adolescence, suggesting that a modest amount of training begun later in life can affect neural function.

~ Adam T. Tierney, Jennifer Krizman, Nina Kraus, “Music training alters the course of adolescent auditory development,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015.

Quick Tips On Caring For Your Flute

We recently updated the care videos for several of the beginning instruments available on our Debut Rental Program. The original videos were done just before HD became popular, so it was time for a redo. Below is the general care and maintenance video for flute, with instruction given by Erin Nichols of the Indy Flute Shop. Indy Flute Shop is a flute-specialty store owned by Paige’s Music. If you’d like to see the rest of the flute videos, you can view them on our Flute Care & Maintenance page.

Music Lessons Show Improved Memory

Young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

~ Arete Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014

Musical Training Helps Language Processing

Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to a greater understanding of language components.

~ Trei, Lisa. “Musical training helps language processing, studies show.” Stanford News. Accessed February 24, 2015

Music Involvement Shows Higher Levels of Math Proficiency By Grade 12

U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show “significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12.”

~ U.S. Department of Education NELLS88 Database

The Arts Help Students Become Tenacious

“At this time when you are making critical and far-reaching budget and program decisions…I write to bring to your attention the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education for all students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act defines the arts as a core subject, and the arts play a significant role in children’s development and learning process. The arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively.”

~ Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, Letter to Schools and Community Leaders, 2009.

Chelsea Whittington – Staff Spotlight

Our staff spotlight for May is on Chelsea Whittington. Chelsea is the Director of Retails Sales at Paige’s Music and has been with us for 6 years. Please take a few minutes to learn more about her in the video below!

Music Enhances Skills Used To Perform Many Tasks

Music enhances fine motor skills, or the ability to use small, acute muscle movements to write, use a computer, and perform other physical tasks.

~ Forgeard, 2008; Hyde, 2009; Schlaug et al. 2005, “The Effects of Musical Training on Structural Brain Development A Longitudinal Study,” The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity: Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1169: 182–186 (2009).