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In order for children to become great musicians like Mozart or Beethoven, some parents enroll their children tend to be compelled to follow the course of music or learn a particular instrument. Maybe it’s just the effort seems to be a waste of time, but a study claiming that learning a musical instrument make a child grow up to be more intelligent. In detail, a team of researchers from Canada revealed that encourages children to class music since the age of 6 years will accelerate the development of motor skills.

Because learning a musical instrument that requires coordination between the two hands with visual stimuli (visual) or audio (hearing) in the brain. Yet if the learning process has been carried out before the age of 7 years, It will tend to speed up the ripening process of the connection between the motor and sensory regions in in the brain so as to create the foundation of good practice musical instruments for children,” said lead researcher Virginia Penhune, professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

“Even the younger the age of the child when learning a musical instrument, the connectivity between the two aspects of it will get better, ” he said as quoted by the Daily Mail. The conclusion was obtained after researchers scanned the brains 36 musicians on average have music playing at the same time period and underwent a number of non-musical test to determine their motor skills. Participants were divided into two groups, participants who began studying music before the age of 7 years and after studying music.

Then the results were compared with the results of tests of other participants (non-musicians) that never received little formal training or musical instruments do not get any training at all. From there are known that the musician who has been studying music since the age of 7 years was not yet able to determine the timing (when learning a musical instrument) is more accurate, even after practicing in just two days, compared to other musician colleagues or participants who have never practiced a musical instrument previously. At the same time, the results of brain scans of musicians who studied music since childhood shows the addition of the white part of the corpus callosum in the brain.

Corpus callosum itself is a group of nerve fibers that connects the left and right brain. But the brain scans of participants not musicians and musicians who studied music after a 7-year-old show no differences in brain development. Even so, Professor Penhune reminded that the course of this instrument does not necessarily change the kids into classical music composers or musicians as piano or violin was not so great impact on the development of children’s ability as a musician because of differences in the specific skills and brain conditions that go with it. Just because a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience is also testing motor skills in a non-musical participant, researchers may argue that the benefits of learning a musical instrument that can play more than just a musical instrument.


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