Music is a gift that all of us as a parent, teacher, and caregivers should make sure our children receive from us. In the world that we live in where everyone is in an endless pursuit of power, money or happiness, music can be our leveller or saviour!
Importance of Music education since childhood – From a Neuroscience perspective
“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition. My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six. My new discovery is the result of musical perception” — Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein’s love for music is a known story. And his admittance that it was music that sparked his greatest works in the field of science is a testimony to the ever growing knowledge that – music is one of the biggest stimulants in human beings.
There has been significant growth in the amount of research that is being conducted by neuroscientists with regards to the correlation between music and brain development. In a nutshell any and every research conducted by scientists’ shows that music is indeed very beneficial in the development of the brain. And as we become aware of the fact that music can only do good to our brains then the more we need to start questioning, “Why isn’t music an integral part of us since childhood”?
John Iversen a neuroscientist with the University of California, San Diego, who has dedicated himself to the study of music, language and the brain to understand how we perceive rhythm. He is studying ways through which this musical rhythm can be used in medicine.
During one of the most interesting speeches given by Iversen in a TEDx Talk, Iversen says, “music is a good exercise for the brain particularly for kids, there’s a lot of research, growing research showing that music can improve math skills, reading, even school attendance and confidence.”
This causal connection between music study and cognitive growth is what most of the neuroscientist is trying to understand. Research shows that learning to play an instrument from an early age causes changes in a child’s brain which will most likely enable a child to reach his/her full cognitive and academic potential.
And this theory is not just limited to playing an instrument but also music-related activities like singing or just listening to music stimulates an entire network of brain areas, each area interacting with the other which contributes towards enjoyment and understanding of the music.
So rather than questioning anymore why not take that step towards giving this theory a try and introducing your child to the world of music.