In order for children to become great musicians like Mozart or Beethoven, some parents tend to enroll their children to attend music lessons or learn a particular musical instrument. It may seem that effort would just waste of time, but a study claiming that learning a musical instrument makes the child grow up to be smarter.
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 both hands with visual stimuli (visual) or audio (hearing) in the brain. However, 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 motor and sensory regions in in the brain so as to create a foundation of good practice musical instruments for children, “said lead researcher Virginia Penhune, professor of psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
“Even the young 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 who on average had been playing music in the same period and underwent a number of non-musical tests to determine their motor skills.
Participants were divided into two groups: participants who began studying music before the age of 7 years and who studied music afterward. Then the results are compared with the results of tests on other participants (non-musicians) who had received little formal musical instrument training or no training at all.
From there it is known that a 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 within two days, compared to peers of other musicians or participants who have never practiced musical instruments previously.
At the same time, brain scans of musicians who studied music since childhood shows the addition of the white part of the corpus callosum in their brains. Corpus callosum itself is a group of nerve fibers that connects the left and right brain.
However, participants’ brain scans are not musicians and musicians who studied music after 7-year-old showed no differences in brain development.
Nevertheless, Professor Penhune reminded that the course of this instrument does not necessarily change the child into classical music composers or musicians for piano or violin alone does not provide such a huge impact on the development of children’s ability as a musician because of differences in the specific skills and brain conditions that follows.
Just because a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience is also testing the non-musical motor skills to participants, researchers can propose that the benefits of learning a musical instrument that could play more than just a musical instrument.