Taking Music Lessons As A Child Could Physically Change Your Brain

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Music lessons in Toronto

“But it should be pointed out that when studying emotional responses to music it is important to remember that all people do not respond in the exact same way to a piece of music and that one individual can respond differently to the same piece of music at different times, depending on both individual and situational factors,” thesis author Marie Helsing said in a statement. “To get the positive effects of music, you have to listen to music that you like.” Helps During Surgery Listening to music while lying on the operating table could help to lower stress, TIME reported. The research, conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers, included patients — mostly with Parkinson’s disease — as they were undergoing brain surgery. The researchers found that the study participants who listened to pure melodies — versus just rhythmic arrangements, or a mix of the two — were comforted the most. Their brains also reflected this calming, TIME reported, with some of the study participants even falling asleep. Protects Your Ears’ Sound-Processing Abilities A 2011 study in the journal Psychology and Aging shows that being a lifelong musician is linked with better sound processing, the Washington Post reported.
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Music Lessons Boost Verbal Memory

Private lessons and group rates are both offered, and they’ll give you a rebate if you take the TTC, bike or walk to your lesson. They have three locations around the city. On the Off Beat For ages 5 to adult, On the Off Beat will teach private lessons for bass, cello, drums, flute or fife (fife!), guitar, piano, violin, and voice. Cool ensembles are available from this east end school as well, such as youth rock band, 4 – 8 hand piano, jazz trio, latin drumming, and chamber ensemble. All their teachers are professional musicians. Toronto Singing Studio Stephen Malkmus once said quite wisely “a voice coach taught me to sing, he couldn’t teach me to love” but we’re not here to learn loving.
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In the study, psychologists in Hong Kong studied 90 boys between the ages of 6 and 15. Half of the boys had received music training as members of their school’s string orchestra, plus music lessons on Western instruments, for up to five years. The others had no musical training. Researchers gave the children verbal memory tests to see how many words they could learn and recall from a list and a similar test to measure their visual memory skills. The study showed that the students with music training learned, recalled, and retained more words than the other boys.
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