Music training boosts brain development: study

Music With Your baby

It’s what parents and teachers dream of: early music training is proven to help children succeed in the long run.

Music training for youngsters may increase the neural connections in regions of the brain associated with creativity, decision making, and complex memory, according to studies from the Society for Neuroscience.

And research also finds that introducing babies and small children to rhythm, melodies and instruments early can be even more helpful to them later in life.

Researchers are saying that beginning children’s music training before the age of seven has the greatest impact on brain anatomy in adulthood.

Tira 331336.a9097LRThis August, Mount Royal Conservatory is offering its popular MusicMakers five-day summer camp for children.

The fun-focused day camp lets children ages 5-9 explore performing arts including song, dance and drama. It offers enrichment for children already in Conservatory programs, or an introduction for students new to the Conservatory:

  • learn songs and play singing games from around the world
  • discover the excitement of storytelling
  • create and perform on pitched percussion instruments
  • step out to the beat of jazz
  • perform for family and friends in our closing concert

Noteworthy: Registration for this fall’s early childhood music programs at Mount Royal Conservatory opens May 14, 2014

Call 403-440-6821 for more information or register here.

By Sherri Zickefoose, March 11, 2014

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