Ongoing History Daily: Another plea for music lessons

One of the best investments anyone can make in their children is to make sure they get some music lessons. There is already a ton of evidence that learning to make music helps with everything from math to eye-hand coordination to memory to spatial awareness. Here’s more.

Researchers have now found a link between learning a musical instrument early in life. Such learning leads to improved thinking skills in old age.

The boffins at the University of Edinburgh say even if they adjust for years of education, socioeconomic status, and a variety of other facts, those who learned to play the piano, the guitar, or whatever early on fared better with their cognitive ability when they were older. It even worked with study subjects who played the accordion and bagpipes.

More proof that there just isn’t any downside to learning how to play music.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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