I was forced into music lessons at a very early age–the accordion, if you must know–and although I grew to hate that 120 bass three-reed Titano, I now appreciate what the experience did for me.
And it’s more than just an ability to read music, understand elements of music theory and the coordination that developed. Playing music helped with math, spatial reasoning and, apparently, my hearing.
I have, for better or worse, the hearing of a bat. Things that escape the attention of most people come across loud and clear to me. (Try sleeping at night when you can hear the drip from the condensation on the AC coil in the basement. Seriously.)
According to a new study, music lessons as a kid can keep your hearing sharp for decades. And it turns out that one of the best instruments for training one’s brain to hear better for a lifetime is–you guessed it–the accordion!
Read more about how this all works at The Daily Mail.