Northwestern University as been one of our leading research institutions with regard to neurological findings. In this one, the authors found that in-school music training changes the course of adolescent brain development.
Unlike other studies that observe and report on young children, this one focused on high school. The authors attest that the adolescent brain is still developing, and that music instruction can impact in ways that “seem to boost literacy skills.”
Their results suggest that music lessons—even those begun at age 14—can enhance one’s abilities in a variety of important developmental areas.
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Jim Dowdy, OMEA Music Education Advocacy Chair