Music stimulates the brain
According to a recent study, musical education during childhood could be beneficial for brain evolution, even in adulthood. Although for children, music lessons seem to be useless, a study published in the scientific journal PLoS One shows that music education is healthy for the executive brain functions.
Two years of music lessons increase activity in parts of the brain associated with the executive functions. The latter are related with cognitiv process by which people treat and store information, solve problems and control their behavior. In the study, 15 children, aged between 9 and 12 years, trained in music, were assessed and the results were copared with those of a group made up of children who did not take music lessons.
The study also involved two groups of adults, one of professional musicians and other of non-professionals. Examinations by magnetic resonance imaging techniques have shown a clear improvement in executive functions of adults musicians, but also children. The study authors believe that music education helps children to build a better schooling and university pathway although in schools is given increasingly less importance for music hours.