How Music Affects Brain Growth in Children

The Benefits of Music for School-Aged Children
Brain growth is an important consideration for all parents and teachers, and music could be the key. Landmark Christian School encourages our students to embrace music for brain growth at our private Christian schools in the Atlanta area - Fairburn, and Peachtree City, GA. Over the years, parents of our students have asked us questions, including “Does music help you become smarter?”, “What type of music should my child listen to?”, and “Does listening to music make you smarter?” Find out more about how music affects brain growth, and get in touch with us if you have any questions about our music program.
Music Training Can Develop Children’s Brains Faster
A recent study by the Brain and Creative Institute at USC found that music instruction can accelerate brain development for young children. Brains developed faster in the areas of language development, processing sound, and speech perception, and reading skills. While many schools around the country have reduced or eliminated their music and arts programs, the study found that this is likely not the correct approach. The study lasted five years and was in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Heart of Los Angeles. Children learned to play instruments, including the violin and were compared to students in a community soccer program and those who were not involved in any after-school programs. Children involved in the music program had auditory systems that matured faster than other children. These students were able to accelerate their development in the areas of reading and language. Music instruction and exposure to music stimulated the auditory system, leading to better reading skills, language development, and more successful communication. The science behind the study focused on the auditory system that connects our ears to our brain to process sound. Children in the youth orchestra program had better accuracy detecting pitch changes.

The Brain-Music Connection
Music can keep your brain young and it also improves the brain of younger children. Listening to music is said to be an excellent exercise for the brain, as there are few things that stimulate it as music does. Playing an instrument and listening to music are two wonderful ways to improve your brain and keep it fresh. Listening to music can improve your mood, sleep quality, memory, and mental alertness. It can also reduce blood pressure, pain, and anxiety levels.

How Music Can Boost Your Brain
To better understand how your children can benefit from music, it helps to experiment with it yourself and take advantage of everyday brain boosts. Try out these ways to appreciate music and how it can benefit your brain so you can share the joys of music with your children:
  • Jump-Starting Creativity – People are creatures of habit, and we tend to listen to the same type of music that we’ve always listened to. Try listening to what your kids or grandkids listen to. New music will challenge your brain in ways that music you’re used to doesn’t.
  • Recalling Memories – If you’re trying to recall a memory, try listening to familiar music from the same time period. You’ll be amazed how music may be able to help you recall specific memories.
  • Listening to Your Body – Be sure to pay attention to how you react to different types of music. Some types of music may help you unwind, while others may make you jumpy. Some music can help you concentrate, while other forms may distract you.
How Music Helps Your Child’s Brain Develop
Music has the ability to transcend time and language. With more and more studies, scientists are starting to better understand how music impacts the brains of adults and children. Check out these ways that music can improve the brain development of your child:
  • Enhancing Memory – Singing has been found to help people learn foreign languages, and music can help Alzheimer’s patients or people with traumatic brain injuries bring back memories. A year or two of music training can help children improve their memory and focus. Playing music with others can increase attention and memory more than playing solo.
  • Improving Literacy – People process sound the same way we process speech. Kids who take music lessons can improve their listening skills. Children who play instruments can hear and process sounds in ways that they could not without their training. This can lead to improved literacy.
  • Better Spatial Reasoning Skills – Students have shown that preschoolers who took music lessons were better with spatial and temporal reading skills than their peers who had computer lessons instead. Classical music is especially beneficial for children and adults. Listening to Classical music can make it easier to put together a puzzle, but learning to play an instrument has longer-lasting effects.
  • Increased Language Skills – Learning music may help some children learn a second language. Music can help a child be able to detect subtle differences in sounds, helping with accurate pronunciation skills. Adults who had music training as children had a better ability to learn foreign languages faster and easier than those who did not.
  • Higher IQs – Taking music lessons can improve a child’s IQ and academic performance. Musical children have higher grades as young children and into high school. Taking music lessons at an early age provides numerous benefits compared to not learning an instrument or waiting until they are older.
Landmark Christian School Music Programs
At Landmark Christian School, we know the importance of music. We offer an elementary school music program, a middle school music program, and a high school music program and Music Academy. Programs are structured for age and learning and to instill a love of music and to develop musical knowledge. Your PK3 through fourth graders will learn about God’s wonderful gift of music, learning rhythm, harmony, melody, form, expression, tone color, and more. Students learn to play the recorder in fourth grade. Performance choir participants will learn sight-reading and singing, performance etiquettes, and ensemble participation. Middle and high school programs offer band, pep and jazz band,  and chorus, Chambers, and Chorale with opportunities to perform locally, throughout the state, and nation. Landmark students participate in GMEA All-State Chorus each year. If music is important to you, we encourage you to apply to one of our campuses in Atlanta, Fairburn, or Peachtree City, GA.

Our team is here to answer any questions you might have about the admissions process. Contact us today to get started or find out more.
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