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A new study shows definitive evidence that music education – learning to play a musical instrument or to sing – just might help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills.
Groundbreaking research nearly two decades ago linking a mother's educational background to her children's literacy and cognitive abilities stands out among decades of social science studies demonstrating the adverse effects of poverty.
Neuroscientists have found that people who can keep a beat are more responsive to speech neurologically than those with less rhythm.
Though learning to read proceeds smoothly for most children, as many as one in 10 is estimated to suffer from dyslexia, a constellation of impairments unrelated to intelligence, hearing or vision that make learning to read a struggle.
In 1697, William Congreve wrote, "Music has charms to sooth a savage Beast." According to a new study from Northwestern University, music has charms to improve the brain as well.
A Northwestern University study that will be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides the first biological evidence that bilinguals' rich experience with language in essence "fine-tunes" their auditory nervous system and helps them juggle linguistic input in ways that enhance attention and working memory.
Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.
Auditory working memory and attention, for example the ability to hear and then remember instructions while completing a task, are a necessary part of musical ability.
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