Dr. Klemm's major points include:
And--this is my favorite--Dr. Klemm quotes Northwestern neuroscientist Nina Kraus as saying "music training does for (the) brain what exercise does for body fitness." (Kind of fits with my suggestion that music therapists are like personal trainers, doesn't it?)
Dr. Klemm's article supported the importance of music education for our children. And I agree whole-heartedly--I strongly feel that one of the best things we can do for our children's brains and their development is to teach them music.
But something's missing. Music training isn't just for our children. In fact, music can play an immensely important role for adults, too.
One of the best ways to keep your mind young and engaged is to challenge your working memory skills. And what's a good way to do that? Learn a new skill.
Like playing an instrument.
Sure, you likey won't fulfill your childhood dream of becoming a concert pianist, but there are a multitude of other benefits. You can:
Thus, learning an instrument doesn't solely benefit the youngsters in our society. It can benefit out elders, too.
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