There have been many studies over the years about the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument such as piano, including having better ability to focus, improved memory, better discipline and creativity.
A new study, published in Neuropsychology, seems to indicate that the benefits of childhood music lessons last for many years. In this study, reviewed online at http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=143536 (among other places), researchers found that in a group of 70 adults, of ages 60-83, the ones that were musicians (those with at least a decade of music experience), had much higher scores on memory tests, including the ability to process information (organize, plan, manage time) and adapt to new information. About half of the musicians in the study were pianists.
There’s no time like the present to get your children started on piano lessons. And remember that it’s never too late to learn!
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