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The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people

August 22, 2012

From International Journal of Music Education

Recent advances in the study of the brain have enabled us to get a better understanding of the way that active engagement with music may influence other development.  This paper considers the effects of music on intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. It outlines how extensive active engagement with music can induce cortical reorganization. This may produce functional changes in how the brain processes information. Processing of pitch in string players is characterized by longer surveillance and more frontally distributed event-related brain potentials attention. Drummers generate more complex memory traces of the temporal organization of musical sequences. Compared with non-musicians, string players have greater somatosensory representa­tions of finger activity, the amount of increase depending on the age of starting to play. Clearly, the brain develops in very specific ways in response to particular learning activities and the extent of change depends on the length of time engaged with learning. The extent of musical engagement and its nature will be a factor in the extent to which transfer can occur to other areas. This overview provides a strong case for the benefits of active engagement with music throughout the lifespan.

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