Art lessons improve general skills of children, but music offers additional cognitive benefits. Nurturing auditory talents help the kids decipher and distinguish speech, while some research suggests that even math and analytical skills are impacted. Brain scans allowed neuro-scientists to determine that musicians are, indeed, different. In general, the response of their brainstem to sound stimulus was much more intense than for people who did not play an instrument. Additionally, even the brain volume difference was observed. Musicians, in certain areas of the brain, have larger volume of grey matter and it seems that music lessons only increase this volume.
- Studies have shown that the brain of a keyboard player has a larger region of the brain that controls finger movement.
- When a child plays instruments, they tend to have more grey matter volume in their brain.
- We see correlational evidence with children being better with verbal and mathematical skills when they play an instrument as a child.
“Brain scanning technologies have permitted neuroscientists to observe the activity of living brains, and the results are clear: Musicians are different.”