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Every Culture and civilization in the world has one unifying element - MUSIC! It has long been believed that music not only shares the stories of history and soothes the savage beast, but ultimately, it elevates the human condition. Music study is linked to successes in life too numerous to share in a brief paragraph, but I will list a few:

  • There are periods of time known as windows of opportunity in the child's brain development when it is especially open to certain kinds of learning. The learning window for music beginners is between the ages of three and ten years of age.
    How to Build a Babyʼs Brain. Newsweek. Special Issue 1997: 28-32.

  • It is during the childhood stage of neural development that we see the corpus callosum complete its development and allows both hemispheres of the brain to respond to an event simultaneously. Since studies of musicians have found their corpus callosum is thickened and more fully developed, the idea that the music enlarges existing neural pathways is reinforced.
    Campbell, Don. The Mozart Effect.

  • Researchers in Leipzig found that brain scans of musicians showed larger planum temporale (a brain region related to some reading skills) than those of non-musicians. They also found that the musicians had a thicker corpus callosum (the bundle of nerve fibers that connects the two halves of the brain) than those of non-musicians, especially for those who had begun their training before the age of seven.
    Proceedings of the 3rd international conference for music perception and cognition (pp. 417-418). Liege, Belgium.

  • Researchers found that lessons on song bells (a standard classroom instrument) led to significant improvement of spatial-temporal scores for three-and four-year-olds.
    Journal of Research in Music Education, 46,173-181.

  • Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest of any group. 44% of biochemistry majors were admitted.
    The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994.

  • Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on the verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.
    College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.

  • The very best engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley industry are, nearly without exception, practicing musicians.
    Grant Venerable, “The Paradox of the Silicon Savior”

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