The benefits of early childhood musical training are well-known and research continues to document the lifelong benefits of guiding your child into the world of music. Children who are introduced to musical education benefit across the whole spectrum of human development, including mental, emotional and physical abilities:
- Preschoolers given piano training scored a 36% increase in visual-spatial learning compared to other children.
- Students with musical training scored 51 points higher on the verbal SATS and 39 points higher on the math section than the national average. – From Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, by Daniel G. Amen, M.D.
- Six-year old given music instruction showed an increase in IQ, according to a recent study documented by PBS.
- Early musical training strengthens auditory processing skills that can last a lifetime, as reported by the New York Times.
- Adults who received music training before the age of 12 have a better memory for spoken words than those who did not, as documented by scientists at the University of Hong Kong.
- Students enrolled in formal music instruction did better in Algebra thatn those without music instruction, according to Barbara H. Helmrich of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
- Children who pursue progresively more difficult music training demonstrate superior reading skills over other students, according to researchers from Long Island University.
- Music instruction has been shown to have a positive effect on verbal skills in children in as little as 20 days according to a study by Sylvain Moreno, Rotman Research Institute.
- Musical instruction prior to the age of 7 can lead to greater lifelong brain plasticity, according to Christopher J. Steele of Concordia University.
- Neural changes due to childhood music instruction are retained in adulthood, according to Erika Skoe of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory.
- Young children who take music lessons show improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training,as reported by Science Daily.
- Even older adults can achieve cognitive benefits from piano instruction that mitigate age-related impairment, according to J. A. Bugosa of East Carolina University.
To enroll your child in private piano lessons or for additional information, please contact:
Julie Zupan, Instructor
Alexandria Piano School
18 W. Cedar Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22301