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Another reason for learning a musical instrument

Andante cantabile

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The New Scientist, a journal always worth reading, carried an article in its October 2 issue (pp.28-33) under the heading "mental floss" which looked at ways in which brain power might be increased.

It said, and I quote, that "in recent years researchers have been probing how outside influences, from music to meditation, might change and enhance our brains. One of the most promising is music - and not via the famous but controversial 'Mozart effect', whereby merely listening to classical music is supposed to improve brain performance. Learning to play an instrument brings about dramatic brain changes that not only improve musical skills but can also spill over into other cognitive abilities, including speech, language, memory, attention, IQ and even empathy."

The article suggests that while the effect is greatest in young learners, it can be felt at all ages.


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I tend to agree. Music stimulates many areas of the mind - and seems to have affinities for both maths and language. It's also an excellent way of relieving the stresses of life... Whether you use it to soothe - or smash it out...
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