Recent Brain Research on Young Children
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With the use of technologies such as EEGs (electroencephalograms), researchers can observe and measure the brain activity of young children as they engage in musical tasks and other activities. A recent study has shown that children who received music instruction (which included singing, playing instruments, moving, listening, creating, and prereading/writing activities) showed less brain activity when later completing a visual-spatial task than did students receiving no music instruction. This suggests that the brain processing of the children receiving music instruction was more efficient.
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Flohr, J.W., Miller, D.C., & Persellin, D.C. (2000). Recent brain research on young children. In Music makes the difference: Music, brain development, and learning (pp. 37-43). Reston, VA: MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
Music Makes the Difference: Music, Brain Development, and Learning