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Why Music Education is Good for Our Children: Guest Post by McMaster University’s Laurel Trainor

Enable Education (March, 2014)

Enable Education 2014Laurel Trainor discusses ways in which the study of music can benefit a child's brain, even at a very early age.

A great deal of your research focuses on music and its impact on a child’s brain.  Tell us about some of your particular interests in this field of study. 

During infancy and childhood, the brain is developing at a rapid rate.  New connections between neurons are being formed and connections that are not useful are being pruned. These processes are highly influenced by the particular experiences the child has.  For example, young children learn the particular language(s) to which they are exposed without formal instruction. We have shown that they also learn the structure of the musical system to which they are exposed, again without formal training.

 

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