Essay on Musical Training Affects Cognitive Development

1689 Words Mar 31st, 2016 null Page
Studies show that musical training at a young age greatly aids brain development, specifically with regards to linguistic processing and mathematical analysis. According to Ewa A. Miendlarzewska, and Wiebke J. Trost, neurological scientists and coauthors of the study How musical training affects cognitive development: rhythm, reward and other modulating variables, musicians have increased functional connectivity in motor and multi-sensory areas of their brains (Miendlarzewska). Students who participate in music have consistently higher performance in advanced mathematics: students who had arts-rich experiences in high school were more likely to complete a calculus course (Caterall). Additionally, the same study concluded that in musicians, “there are structural differences (usually increased gray matter) also in somatosensory areas, premotor cortex, inferior temporal and frontal regions, as well as the cerebellum in the brains of musicians compared to non-musicians '” (Miendlarzewska). The implications for this likelihood are exponential; Students who participate in music are more involved in their communities and have a higher chance of voting and participating in civil society once older. Additionally, playing a music instrument is proven to aid the learning of a secondary, foreign language, which is done so from “better [performance] in the areas closely associated with music: fine motor skill, rhythm perception and auditory discrimination” (Miendlarzewska). The arts, and…

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