Music aids in developing motor skills

Music aids in developing motor skills

Based on the article published by the Washington Post “Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children”, learning music has great benefits when it comes to a child’s brain development. 

Professor James Hudziak says that the more a child practiced an instrument, the cortical organization in emotional control, anxiety management, and attention skills accelerated. Just like lifting weights trains the body, learning music trains the brain. 

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. They analyzed the brain scans of 232 healthy children ages 6 to 18. Moreover, they specifically looked at brain development in children who play a musical instrument. 

Having said this, in today’s chaotic world and amidst the challenges we’re facing, dealing with our emotions is one of the most important skills that we need as adults. Without our emotional intelligence and stress coping mechanisms, it would be impossible to perform at our best and keep going. In addition, our education system doesn’t come near emotions, children are taught how to read and write. How to calculate and memorize and pass exams also. But are they taught how to deal with fear? Are schools teaching children what stress means and that their sweating before their exams and rising anxieties when thrown to speak in front of their classmates are valid? 

What this research is saying is that music is here to complement a child’s education and work on developing and training new areas in the human brain that will help them deal with their emotions and get through life. 

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