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Here at MayosMusic, in addition to offering great guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo and autoharp lessons, plus complete luthier services that include guitar, string instrument and amplifier repair/restorations, we are also a great resource service. The following article is an overview of what affect the learning and playing of a musical instrument has on our brain's development. And the answer to “does learning and playing music help your brain development?” is...

YES!! The answer is Yes. Many university studies and scientific studies have shown that musical training can and does change the brain's function and structure. New and past research from universities such as: University of Montreal, University of Westminster, Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and Bergmannsheil University in Bochum, Germany, just to name a few.

The following list gives just some of these brain strengthening benefits:

  1. Learning any musical instrument slows the age-related decline in hearing.
  2. Improves long-term memory.
  3. Musicians tend to be more mentally alert.
  4. Playing a musical instrument increases mental reaction times.
  5. Faster tactile and auditory reaction times.
  6. Process multisensory information faster.
  7. Increases gray matter volume in different brain areas.
  8. Enhance verbal memory, literacy skills and spatial reasoning.
  9. Helps sharpen processing of speech sounds.
  10. Helps speech processing and learning in children with dyslexia.
  11. Protects the brain against dementia when an adult.
  12. Strengthens reading skills.
  13. Strengthens bonds with other people.
  14. Music increases the blood flow in the brain and an increase blood flow to the left hemisphere of the brain gives you a burst of energy.
  15. Music helps the brain recover in stroke patients.
  16. Music reduces stress, depression and anxiety.
  17. Strengthens the brain's executive functions such as processing and retaining information, controlling behavior, problem solving, making decisions, reasoning and attention.

Musical training does improve all of these brain strengthening benefits to all ages, kids → senior adults. However, these benefits do compound over time and as such, the young child will get the most out of their musical training through their lifetime.

BUT!! It is never too late to learn and receive these benefits. My oldest student was 84 years old when she started and I taught her into her early 90's.

I'll never forget Forrestine Woods!

Experience since 1968
Providing Guitar, Electric Bass & Ukulele lessons and Guitar/Amp Repair in the Greater Phoenix Valley area of Arizona including Maricopa County and The Salt River Valley.

Mayos Music will continue to provide Guitar/Amp Repairs in Southern California's South Bay cities and Greater Los Angeles Area.
Originally located in Manhattan Beach and Torrance, California.

Now located in:
Gilbert, AZ 85298
Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 955 - 0246