Not everyone can be the next Jack White, but playing the guitar – or piano, or violin – can make students smarter in lots of other areas, according to science.
But new research from Northwestern University in Chicago suggests learning and playing music sharpens other cognitive skills in young minds – including listening and language.
“Results showed that students who were the most actively engaged in making music – those who attended class more frequently, those who were judged by their teachers as more engaged, and those who played an instrument rather than taking a music appreciation class – showed greater neural improvement,” Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, told Yahoo News.
She noted that best improvement was shown in students who studied music consistently for at least two years.
“Music, then, can’t be thought of as a quick fix.”
Kraus and her team found intriguing structural similarities between sound waves and brain waves.
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