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I have always been a proponent for music education, and thus am happy to see that more and more people are learning an instrument these days.

I myself became a drummer at around the age of 11, and have played ever since. I am no savant, but I can play just about anything (except perhaps the closing solo in the movie Whiplash).

As a result, I have always maintained that learning how to play an instrument is beneficial. I did not have any proof, I just had first hand experiences that proved that to be the case. Nowadays however, there is a mountain of evidence suggesting that music education is not only good for you, but nearly essential if you want to be successful in life.

What is it about musicians that gives them an edge over others? Read on.

1. They Are More Creative

Recent research has shown that many successful politicians, businessmen, and more were trained at a young age to be a musician of some kind. Whether it be of a piano, clarinet, or saxophone, it didn’t really matter.

What does matter is that these people credit their music education with making them more creative. Indeed, as Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft) once stated, music allows you to “look beyond what currently exists and express yourself in a new way” (NYT).
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Fireworks in the brain!  Fun, cartoon-drawn TED talk on how our brains respond to music and to making music.

 

 


 




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 << starting lessons before age 7 is associated with greater volume in brain regions linked with self-awareness and hearing>>

 

<<"Early musical training does more good for kids than just making it easier for them to enjoy music, it changes their brain [cortex] and these brain changes could lead to cognitive advances as well>> 

 

<<They found that people who started music lessons before age 7 had a thicker cortex than those who began lessons after age 7.>>

 

<<... long-term musical training at a high level is linked with greater touch-sound integration, and not just sight-sound integration.>>

 

<<Childhood music lessons could also help train your brain to respond faster to speech as an adult, >>



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Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically
Change Your Brain



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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

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MUSICIANS WHO BECAME FAMOUS FOR OTHER THINGS

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Pretty cool study! 


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