How Musical Training Boosts Brain Power

Musical training is available for adults and children. No matter who you are, you can always take music lessons. For some people, enrolling in a music school is their way to boost their creativity and kill the boredom caused by their daily routine. For parents, letting their children learn to play a musical instrument is one way of letting them explore.

There are different musical instruments that you can choose from. You can play a guitar, piano, violin or you can also sing. If you want to learn music just to build your confidence or you want to use it as therapy, you can just choose the instrument that you want to play. More and more people are already becoming aware of the effect of music on their psychological and emotional health.

There are researches proving that there is indeed a connection between music and the development of the brain. There are also researches focusing on the effect of music on the confidence of a person. If you are going to look back at your history lessons, you will realize that the some of the most brilliant people including Albert Einstein grew up learning how to play a musical instrument.

Here are the different ways on how musical training boosts brain power:

Musical training improves focus

There are a lot of distractions in this world. Looking at your phone before you start with your day is enough for you to lose your focus. There are moments when you know that you need to focus to be able to accomplish a task but then there are things that are bothering you. But if you consider musical training, you will surely learn to improve your focus.

Music can help you release dopamine which is a known neurotransmitter that can boost your mood. This way, you can focus more on what you need to do and you can be more creative. Most people lose their focus because they are thinking other things that are bothering them. Musical training can help you enhance your creativity and efficiency as it helps you become more confident.

A study in 2012 has shown that instrumental music has an effect on the attention and the productivity of the people. If you are going to have this as your background, you will be able to concentrate. Now, if you are going to apply this to your goal to learn to play a musical instrument, you will realize that the more you become a better musician, the more that you will learn how to improve your focus.

As a musician, you need to focus because missing a single note will make your performance a failure. This is why you need to listen to your own music and you need to focus on what you see on the piece. This way, you will be able to play smoothly. You will realize later on that you can apply the focus that you learned by playing a musical instrument in the different aspects of your life.

Musical training increases blood flow in your brain

There is a research proving that musical training has a positive effect on your brain. The study has proven that if you engage yourself in at least 30 minutes of training, you will increase the blood flow in the left hemisphere of the brain. This study was conducted with two groups of individuals.

The group of musicians shows an active and increased blood flow in the left brain. As compared to the non-musicians, they have more activities in the language and music part of the brains. The next level of the experiment was done and the researchers asked the group of non-musicians to learn how to play music. After this, there is a significant change in the blood flow in their left hemisphere.

This study only proves that musical training is really significant not only for children but also for adults who are looking for a way for them to make their brain work better. Enrolling in a music school and learning to play an instrument is very important if you want to make sure that the blood flow in your brain is normal.

Improves verbal memory and childhood literacy

The relationship between musical training and the development of auditory complex is something that has already been established by different researches. There are studies that focused on children because they want to know if the verbal memory and their literacy will improve if they are going to learn music lessons.

In a certain study, the researchers compared two groups of children. The first group is consisting of young musicians and the control group is consisting of children who were not enrolled in any music class. The group of musicians has more advantages over the non-musicians. In this same study, it was specifically found out that the ones who have musical training show a better verbal working memory. One of the factors that have contributed to this is the verbal rehearsal that is expected when you are learning to play an instrument or learning to sing.

Studies recommend that parents should consider letting their children have musical training if they want to consider the development of their children’s skills with regards to literacy and verbal memory. It is the rehearsal time that has a great contribution to the activities of the brain. It is also concluded that there is a difference when you just listen to music and when you are the one playing an instrument. The spatial ability is more effectively developed when the children are into music training.

Music training improves IQ and academic performance

Music training in children is known to be an effective technique for them to improve their academic performance. This is evident for children who are between the age of nine (9) and twelve (12).  If they are going to continue with their music training, they will also be able to perform better in school.

There is a special link between the language skills and the musical activity. This is possible when the child is taking up music lessons. A certain study suggested that their learning music has an intellectual benefit to the person. This is because of the different activities that you need to consider when you are learning to play an instrument.

Just like mathematics, there are patterns that music theory requires for you to learn to enable you to play well. You also need to consider your hand and mind coordination. You need to read the notes while you are playing. And to make it more challenging, you also have to know the proper timing. All these practices that you need to consider during rehearsals will help you build your IQ and your academic performance.

Music training strengthens the brain executive function

Executive function refers to the ability to juggle all the different activities that you are expected to do. Most of the time, people cannot perform other tasks that are expected of them because they are having a hard time managing their executive function. As an adult, this is one of the most important things that you need to learn. If you do not know how to prioritize, you will always find yourself dropping what is worthwhile.

If you have a lot of activities and you need to know how to prioritize the important ones, you need music training to help you learn how to manage your life. The different rehearsals will help you learn to strengthen your executive function. Here are the 2 ways on how music training can be helpful to you:

  • It helps you learn how to prioritize while you eliminate distractions. When you are playing an instrument, you will realize that you need to focus on what you are doing if you want it to be perfect. You also need to set yourself apart from any distraction. No matter what your job is or who you are, you need to learn how to make it possible for you to do this. With musical training, you will learn how to prioritize and to properly manage the things that are serving as distracters in your life. You will also be able to activate your inhibitory control that is responsible for your rational decision. Playing music will help you control your emotions and make it possible for you to decide and do things in a calm and reasonable manner.
  • Enables you to hold information in your mind. If you are having a hard time trying to remember a lecture or something that was told to you, there is a problem with your focus. There are instances when you cannot even remember the sequence of an event that was told to you as a story. Not being able to remember the sequence is a problem that is related to your executive function. If you have this problem, you can help yourself through musical training. If you are playing an instrument, you are also reading notes. It requires the ability to know the sequence of the notes. This will help you remember sequences in other aspects of your life.

Conclusion

The importance of music in everyday life is something that we cannot deny. But if you are going to look deeper, you will realize that there are other benefits that you will only be able to experience if you are going to consider musical training. Instead of just enjoying music, you should consider being involved in making one.

Aside from the different benefits that are enumerated above, there are other important benefits that you will be able to get from musical training. The simplest and yet the most important one is building your confidence. If you see yourself improving in your ability to play music, you will definitely build more confidence.

Playing music is effective not only for adults but also for children. Parents are being encouraged to let their children learn music lessons. This is the perfect way for you to ensure that your children’s minds are already being developed even during their early age. Aside from improving their academic performance and becoming more confident, you will easily let them understand the concept of discipline when they start learning how to play musical instruments.

Musical training is recommended for children who are still starting their academic journey. It is also perfect for adults who are feeling like they are already drained and burned out in their career. Music is something that everybody enjoys. Learn how you can make it work for your own advantage.

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