There’s an old commercial where a boy (and sometimes a girl) is featured drinking a glass of milk and growing before our very eyes. The tagline for the commercial is “Milk, it does a body good.” Of course, the commercial is meant to tout the benefits milk has on the body’s growth. Well, given what we know about how music causes real changes to the brain, it might just as well feature a child listening to music and making that same proclamation. Music is in its own way nourishing not only for our culture but for our minds as well. In fact, many researchers have concluded that music alters our brains in many positive ways making us smarter, more content and more productive. These changes are especially evident in young minds which are constantly seeking stimulus. For young people the mental benefits of music are that it:
Improves language development: Increase in IQ (Increases IQ)Improves test scoresIncreases brain connectivityIncreases spatial intelligenceIn addition to the above benefits, music has even been shown to improve our motor and reasoning skills in children. According to an article published by the Public Library of Science (PLOS), music benefits the premotor cortex, frontal cortex and auditory cortex of a child’s brain as he or she learns to play a musical instrument.
Moreover, some studies have concluded that musicians have larger corpus callosums (a network of nerve fibers that enables the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other) than non-musicians. Finally, music positively affects the mind and its growth in that listening to it increases the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine sometimes called the “motivation molecule.”
All of this should motivate you to consider enrolling your child in our school. In a time when many schools are cutting music programs, our piano lessons in Miami are designed to fill that void. They are fun for children and also good for their emotional and mental development. Our Miami music school teaches kids piano, guitar, voice, violin, cello, music theory, ear training, and harmony and is a leader in the community. Superior Music Academy’s instructors are well respected and dedicated musicians who have both Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Music. That is why they appreciate how music can change a child’s life for the better and help him/her to excel in life. Milk may nourish the body but ultimately, music fuels and feeds the mind.