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Music Can Make You Smarter

It was pleasant to come across this news this morning from Live Science, and just from my life experience, I believe it to be true. Music is a dynamic force in our lives. Read this complete article about the influence of music on our intelligence.

Scientists have uncovered the first concrete evidence that playing music can significantly enhance the brain and sharpen hearing for all kinds of sounds, including speech.

“Experience with music appears to help with many other things in life, potentially transferring to activities like reading or picking up nuances in tones of voices or hearing sounds in a noisy classroom better,” researcher Nina Kraus, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, told LiveScience.

These new findings highlight the importance of music classes, she said.

“Music classes are often among the first to be cut when school budgets get tight,” Kraus said. “That’s a mistake.”

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “Music Can Make You Smarter”

Bryce just completed a class at university and it was how children learn through music. They wre taught many repetitious songs that elementary students use to learn math, language arts, etc. When I was growing up, most children participated in some sort of art. Now video games have taken over and America is what some call “dumbing down.” I hate to see the arts left out and rejected because I believe in them.

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Wally, I agree there is something absolutely relaxing and stress-relieving about music. Music is dynamic and powerful. Alas, it can also be used as an evil influence.

Thank you for being here and for your comments.

Shirley

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Good morning, Helen.

People who have not all studied music don’t fully understand that it is difficult and that math is certainly involved. Of course, there are quite talented people for whom some music comes more easily than to others. But to be an accomplished musician requires discipline…and thinking.

Shirley

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I always thought there was a link. Why did Salomon ask David to play for him? Can you imagine the kinds of pressure of a king? The soothing music brought the calm and ease. (Of course the fact that David was anointed helped!)

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That’s true. I find it really helpful during times of extreme brain functioning. I don’t know how to explain it but it affects me mentally everytime I listen to music. With the exception of disturbing music and alikes, others are fine and soothing for me.

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Very interesting article. I believe there is truth in this. My brother Johnny, who is a bible quizzing coach to his two sons, uses music to aid them with scripture memorization. He takes a scripture verse or two or three and adds a melody to it. I learned to memorize the states as a child, in alphabetical order through music. I also learned to memorize the books of the bible through music. My husband plays the keyboard at our church, and he too believes that music makes you smarter. Thank you for sharing such an interesting topic.

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