The Importance of Learning to Play an Instrument as a Child
The American Psychological Association (APA) carried out tests on 70 healthy pensioners between the ages of 63-80 and found that musicians performed better on several cognitive tests than those who’d never played an instrument or learned how to read music.”
“Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of aging,” said lead researcher Dr Brenda Hanna-Pladdy at the University of Kansas Medical Center”
The report (http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/04/music-lessons.aspx) comes from the results of a study by the APA who discovered after carrying tests that those who played a flute, piano, clarinet, violin or any other musical instrument that requires reading sheet music performed better on intelligence tests.
The musicians were placed in three categories
- advanced musicians – 10 years of study
- mature musician – less than 9 years of study
- non musicians – no study
Don’t wait around! Playing and reading music will make you smarter now and help when you’re an AARP member. Nothing more cool than a rockin’ grandpa or grand ma!