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:
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.
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