Learning music significantly improves the overall mental ability of children

Canadian psychologists have found that listening to music produces in the human a stimulant effect – improving its performance, and both mental and physical. However, the positive effects of listening to music “evaporates” in just 10 minutes after she stopped. Powerful long-term effect occurs only when a person actively learns to play any instrument- have children just a year after the start of music lessons IQ was higher than their peers, had never known the joys of learning the scales and solfeggio.

Scientists say that already in her sixth month of pregnancy the human fetus can hear external sounds. In many countries, shops selling music CDs, especially for pregnant women. Supposedly listening to specially chosen music during pregnancy, ensures the birth of a very gifted child.

But a group of canadian psychologists from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professor Glenn Schellenberg (Glenn Schellenberg) dispelled these myths. The music really brings positive emotions, but no more. Really positive effects on the human brain (heightened awareness, increased concentration, improvement of memory) music is able to provide only in the case when a person is engaged in it actively, ie he tries to play on any musical instrument.

Schellenberg and his colleagues took 144 children aged 6 years and were divided into several groups. One group was taught to play the piano, the other took singing lessons, children from the third group were engaged in the drama circle, and the fourth group was the control and the children were not taught anything further. A year later, the children from groups involved in music and singing, has consistently demonstrated a higher intelligence quotient (IQ) compared to their peers involved in the drama and those who generally did not learn anything.

“This is proof that music training has lasting positive effects on the human brain,” says Professor wise.

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