After an explosion of research in recent years into the beneficial impact of music on building healthy brains and bodies, we have compiled 10 research-based facts for you to chew on.
Take a look at the video that was posted on Yahoo News....how will you react?
- If you can tap to the beat, chances are you are a better reader
- Music can feel as good to the brain as winning the lottery!
- Playing musical games can boost your IQ!
- Singing can help you remember lists of info needed for those dreaded school tests !
- Music lessons build bigger brains and better dexterity
- Many talented musicians are also mathematicians
- Learning a second language is easier if you sing the words
- Playing the piano will improve your puzzle-doing prowess for a lifetime!
- Music can improve your child’s emotional state and social interactions
- Early experience with songs sung by loving parents help wire our brains towards better social-emotional development.
If you want more proof on #10- Watch the following video…it will make your heart smile (or cry!)
Published Oct 29 2013 Yahoo News. Credit Amanda & Alain Leroux
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