Music and Brain Development
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
From a television educational channel about a year ago
explained the development of the brain of a young child. It
was explained that a small section of a child's brain holds
music knowledge. By the time the child is 8 years old - this
small section brain usually closes and can no longer collect
Do you know of anyone who can explain that to me? It is
important for me to understand it. Thank you.
A: A child's brains is shaped
the most during the first 10 years of life. The younger the
child, the more able s/he is to develop connections that may
be used later in life. Reading to and singing with your
child every day is a simple and effective way to help brain
development. Research have indicated specifically links on
the study of music and other art forms which is essential
for brain development. One such research demonstrated that
preschoolers who were given keyboard lessons and did group
singing scored higher on tests measuring spatial reasoning
(which is a skill used later in math, science and
engineering). They found that music lessons resulted in
higher spatial reasoning scores than equivalent instruction
in computer skills.
I have not ventured deeply in this area; hence all I can
provide you for now are a few links that I believe may be
interesting read would be an article by Donald A. Hodges,
Institute for Music Research, University of Texas at San
Antonio. More information on
music training and brain.
Contact: Leah Ariniello, Science Writer, Society for
Neuroscience, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 500, Washington
My very best wishes.
"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