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Research on the Benefits of Music Education

Research has proven that learning to play a musical instrument helps with cognitive development and stimulates brain function. Studies reveal many benefits for both the young developing mind and adults looking for increased acuity and longevity.

Here is some information on the benefits of learning to play an instrument.

Reading Titles

Music, The Brain, And Ecstasy: How Music Captures Our Imagination, Robert Jourdain

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, Daniel Levitin

The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology, John Ortiz

Music, Language, and the Brain, Aniruddh Patel

Listen to This, Alex Ross

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, Oliver Sacks

Music and the Mind, Anthony Storr

Research on Music Education for Young Minds

Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in Eight-year-old Children: More Evidence for Brain Plasticity, Sylvain Moreno, Carlos Marques, Andreia Santos, Manuela Santos, Sa˜o Luís Castro and Mireille Besson, Cerebral Cortex, (Volume 19, Issue 3, March 2009)

Examination of Relationships between Participants in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results, CM Johnson and JE Memmott, Journal of Research in Music Education (Winter 2006), Volume 54, Number 4

Doing well and doing good by doing art: The effects of education in the visual and performing arts on the achievements and values of young adults, James S. Catterall

Joint music making promotes pro-social behavior in 4-year old children, Kirchner & Tomasello, Evolution & Human Behavior, 2010

Music Lessons Enhance IQ (Psychological Science, 15); E. Glenn Schellenberg; 2004; the online version of this article can be found at:

Short-Term Music Training Enhances Verbal Intelligence and Executive Function, Sylvain Moreno, Ellen Bialystok, Raluca Barac, E. Glenn Schellenberg, Nicholas J. Cepeda and Tom Chau; (Psychological Science published online 3 October 2011, and can be found at

TORONTO STAR: Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in School Music Class at

ABC NEWS: How Music Could Make You a Rocket Scientist at

Research on Music Education for Mature Minds

Neuroanatomical Correlates of Musicianship as Revealed by Cortical Thickness and Voxel-Based Morphometry, Patrick Bermudez1,2, Jason P. Lerch3, Alan C. Evans1 and Robert, and J. Zatorre, Cerebral Cortex (July 2009)

Leisure activities and the risk of dementia in the elderly, J.Verghese et al, New England Journal of Medicine 2003; 348:2508-16

Recent and past musical activity predicts cognitive aging variability: direct comparison with general lifestyle activities, Brenda Hanna-Pladdy and Byron Gajewski, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 19 July 2012, available online at:

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT:Musicians' Brains Might Have an Edge on Aging at