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Benefits of teaching children music.

Music is Language, Language is Music

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---- Albert Einstein

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

The dancing universe and the musicality of being.
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything.
It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful.
-- Plato

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1982 MATH AND MUSIC: THE DEEPER LINKS By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN The article as it originally appeared.

2017 Music causes changes on a molecular level
Listening to classical music actually alters the function of your genes. Scientists took blood samples from study participants before and after listening to Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K.216. Scientists found that the music directly affects human RNA, suggesting that listening to music has even more surprising benefits than previously thought. It affects the very core of your biological being. With the introduction of genomics, scientists can look even closer by sampling blood and identifying its molecular properties. Listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes that are mainly related to reward and pleasure, cognitive functions and proper brain function


  • The now false 'Mozart Effect' myth that “music makes you smarter.“
  • For 5 month old infants, melodies are social
  • 2014 Musical training 'improves executive brain function' During cognitive tests, both the musically trained children and the adult musicians showed improvements within numerous areas of executive function. Past research has indicated that musical training in childhood may benefit the brain later in life. Now, a new study from Boston Children's Hospital, MA, adds to the evidence, suggesting that both children and adults with musical training show improved executive brain function, compared with those who are not musically trained. Musical training 'may improve children's academic future and help people with ADHD'. In the fMRI scans, musically trained children demonstrated higher activation in three areas of the prefrontal cortex - the supplementary motor area, the pre-supplementary area and the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex - during a cognitive test that required them to shift between mental tasks. These three areas are associated with executive function, according to the researchers.
  • 2013 - Music Makes You Smarter
    On the 2012 SAT, students who participated in music scored an average of 31 points above average in reading,… 23 points above average in math, and 31 points above average in writing. (See table 18 pg 9.)
  • June 1, 2011Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients heal from Parkinson's disease or a stroke. In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care. Mannes tracked the human relationship with music over the course of a life span. She tells NPR's Neal Conan that studies show that infants prefer "consonant intervals, the smooth-sounding ones that sound nice to our Western ears in a chord, as opposed to a jarring combination of notes." In fact, Mannes says the cries of babies just a few weeks old were found to contain some of the basic intervals common to Western music. She also says scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. That's why she sees so much potential in music's power to change the brain and affect the way it works.
  • Music and Academic Achievement
  • Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy
  • Cover Story Highlights Music Research -April 8, 1998 Issue Education Week
  • Music Beats Computers at Enhancing Early Childhood Development
  • Researchers find Active Music Making Expands the Brain May 5, 1998 New York Times
  • Bob Morrison - American Music Conference
  • Rauscher, Shaw, as reported in Neurological Research, February 1997 DR. FRANCES RAUSCHER
  • Gardiner, Fox, Jeffry, and Knowles, as reported in Nature, May 23, 1996
  • Making the Case for Music Education 2006 In Front of the Class by Gary Hopkins
  • Stanford Report, February 2, 2005
    Dubious 'Mozart Effect' remains music to many Americans' ears
  • There is some overlap between musical ability and math. Title Inter-domain transfer between mathemetical skills and musicianship.
  • Title Music as embodied mathematics: A study of mutually informing affinity. Playing music can be good for your brain Stanford study finds it helps the understanding of language
  • Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship, Rauscher, Shaw, Levine, KY and Wright, University of California, 1994
  • Rauscher & Shaw, University of California, as reported in Nature
  • N.H. Barry, Auburn University, 1992
  • Lewis Thomas, as reported in Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994
  • College Entrance Examination Board as reported in Symphony, Sep-Oct 1996
  • The Mozart Effect, Don Campbell, 1997
  • Grant Venerable, The Center for the Arts in the Basic Curriculum, New York, 1989
  • University of Washington, Business Music: A Performance Tool for the Office/Workplace 1991
  • Michigan State University as reported in The Mozart Effect, Don Campbell, 1997
  • Dr. Thomas Verny, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child
  • Early Music Lessons Can Have Major Benefits
    Parents know that music carries our culture forward. If you want your child to be culturally literate, then you want him to study or listen to music," says Michael Blakeslee of the National Association for Music Education. Music Benefits include socialization, cooperation and mental agility.Other studies suggest that music helps children focus on the structure of sounds, an important aspect in language development.
  • "Our findings underscore the pervasive impact of musical training on neurological development. Yet music classes are often among the first to be cut when school budgets get tight. That's a mistake," says Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology and Physiology and professor of communication sciences and disorders.