Music and the Brain

“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.” - Plato

“Music and mathematics are very similar in that both are par excellence -- when performed well -- duets between the two sides of the brain.” - Martha B. Denckla of the National Institute of Health

“...because learning to play a musical instrument involves daily practice, studies show that coordination, concentration, and memory are heightened, which leads to greater visual and hearing acuity.” - Mickela, “Does Music Have an Impact?”

“If music enhances brain functioning for higher-level math and science skills and, as a result, keeps us competitive in a global economy, it is something we as parents and educators need to provide for our children - now!” - Sharlene Habermeyer, “Good Music, Brighter Children”

 

“When children study music, pattens in the brain are affected, which has an impact on the way brain circuitry is developed in the first few years of life.” - Laura Saari, “The Sound of Learning”

 

“The brains of children not exposed to music arts education are actually being damaged because the non-verbal modalities help them with skills such as reading, writing, and math.” - Dr. Jean Houston of the Foundation for Mind Research

 

“Hands-on parenting cannot be underestimated in its effect on young children and their brain development.  As parents, we must provide numerous, ongoing, and enriching experiences that will nourish our children’s brains.  Music is such an experience.” - Sharlene Habermeyer, “Good Music, Brighter Children”