Daily Bow: Your Brain on Music Education


Music Empowers Foundation Launches New Initiative Linking Music Education and Neuroscience

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of the Mozart Effect. Listen to classical music, get smarter. If you introduce your child to Wolfgang’s music from an early age, they will undoubtedly become geniuses themselves. While the idea in exaggeration sounds ridiculous, does it have some merit? Should music be an essential part of a child’s upbringing?

A new series of monthly articles from the Music Empowers Foundation attempts answer these questions. Each month, the foundation will add articles to their “YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC EDUCATION” series, written by Dr. Christopher Viereck. Every article will look at a different study that highlights positive patterns that occur in the brains of children who have regular contact with music education. Viereck, who holds a Ph. D in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Basel, Switzerland, values this project as an essential public service:

 “I think it is very important for people to understand that the relation between music education and optimized brain development is very real and so important for our children” … ” I want to do my part to ensure that this essential piece of a child’s education is made available in all of our schools. “

The goal is to help people other than neuroscientists understand how important music is for the development of a child’s brain. Musicians should definitely be on board as well. Not only do we value the benefits that neuroscience has for our understanding of practice habits and learning methods in our own playing, but also for its ability bring our art closer to other people. If the people at the Music Empowers Foundation can use neuroscience to bring music to children and adults alike, then musicians should be doing the same, bringing children that first musical experience that will develop their brains into the music-loving adult.

Want to read more from YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC EDUCATION? Read the first article here!


Learn more about the Music Empowers Foundation on their website, and read more about the new series below!



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