How Music Affects Developing Brains

With all the studies conducted over the last few decades a solid case can certainly be made for the  value of listening to and playing music. I’ve read many studies supporting music in our schools and music lessons, and perhaps the two most intriguing are these:

1) In a study published by Newsweek magazine, research indicated that during the early developmental years, children’s brain neurons are being “wired”. This provides a window of opportunity which must not be missed if children are to achieve their full potential. “Circuits in different regions of the brain mature at different times. As a result, different circuits are most sensitive to life’s experiences at different ages. Give your children the experiences they need when they need it and anything’s possible. Stumble and all bets are off.” Newsweek Magazine

2) The only time that electrical activity in the brain is greater than when playing a musical instrument is when a person is having an epileptic seizure.

Wow! That’s a big statement, and a big reason for valuing music in your school.


While not supported with science, there’s one more simple reason to value your school music program:

The best kids in most schools are often in band, orchestra or choir.

We still don’t know why this is true. Does participating in music make the best kids, or are the best kids attracted to learning music? While the science isn’t there to support this idea, it certainly begs an important question – Does signing up for music lessons sound like a good idea?


How Playing an Instrument Benefits you Brain/Video by Anita Collins

Here’s a fantastic video by Anita Collins that examines some of the long-term positive effects of music education. It’s worth a look.

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain