“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” – Plato

One of the earliest interactions babies have is with music and song.  This is one way to communicate before having a language and science is showing “when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear.”  This research  links music study with academic achievement.   Ninety percent of the human brain is developed within the first five years of life.  Starting early and actively engaging in music has the most benefits.   Music forces the brain to utilize more parts of the brain, therefore strengthening the brain.

Alan Greenspan and Condoleezza Rice both studied music and people of similar backgrounds agree “Music opens up the pathways to creative thinking.”   “Music also reinforces your confidence in the ability to create.”  Former World Bank President who also studied music, stated  “music functions as a hidden language and enhances the ability to connect disparate or even contradictory ideas.”  Another factor to consider with people who have studied music comes from the fact that they have a strong discipline and this work ethic is another factor in their success.

Music is loaded with benefits for all ages, so let’s stop and listen to the music.

Read the full article at: www.edcircuit.com

Related article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html