Do music lessons make your children smarter? New study suggests a direct correlation!

There has been research that supports that being a musician can have certain non-musical benefits; and these benefits last a lifetime. A study in the journal Social Science Quarterly found that music also had positive effects on reading and math. Studies conducted by cognitive neuroscientists correlated music training with improved cognition, motivation, attention, memory and other developmental benefits.

Humans are wired for music. Until recently, scientists did not know how music affected the brain. With the advancement of technology, scientists can actually see the brain activity via PET scans and MRIs. Most activities only cause a portion of the brain …

When is your child ready for formal music lessons? How young is too young?

Children may grasp rhythm and pitch as early as age 3. Does that mean it’s time to start piano lessons? Many need more time. Some are musically ready early but lack social and emotional skills. Gauge your child’s readiness:

  • Can your child sing a song on key?
  • Can your child keep a consistent beat?
  • Can your child sit and focus for 15 to 30 minutes?
  • At a minimum, does your child know numbers 1 to 5 and letters A to G?
  • Is your child interested in reading and able to begin reading music?
  • Is your child big enough to reach