How to Make Your Child Smarter, Improve Their Language Skills and Maximize Their Brain Function

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Hola Mamis & Friends!

One of the amazingly precious gifts I have received from having Musepa in my life is the higher levels of musical encouragement, learning and enjoyment that he has brought into my life. He started playing music (beginning with the piano), performing, composing music, recording music and songwriting in his childhood. And, more importantly, he has stuck with it since then!

The very first time I heard one of his pieces I was astounded! To me, it was so amazing to hear such a complex piece of music that all came from one person! It sounded perfect for a soundtrack from a movie. (You can check it out here.) It is because of having his influence, his love of music, and all of his incredible musical instruments around our house that I started having Mr. Sweetie play on the piano, a keyboard, drum machine, marimba, etc., nearly every time he comes over to our house since he was about 6 months old.

I had always been a huge lover of music and have known for a long time how powerful it is and how much influence it can have over my life. Perhaps you have experienced this too. Think back to any time that you have listened to a song to raise your energy and make you happy when you are feeling tired or low energy, or capture your sadness or grief when a relationship is struggling or ending, or when someone dear to you passes away. Listening, playing or dancing to music can completely change your frame of mind, your day, and even, your life, so when Musepa mentioned the other day (after Sweetie’s latest marimba jam session) that playing music helps to make your smarter and more able to do math, etc, I decided to check more about this. It turns out there are a number of studies talking about how our brains can benefit from playing, listening to or dancing to music.

One of the sources I found was on Psychology Today, entitled “Does Playing A Musical Make You Smarter?” and can be read more fully here. The post includes the following info regarding the benefits of learning to play music:

Three Brain Benefits of Musical Training:

  1. Musicians have an enhanced ability to integrate sensory information from hearing, touch, and sight.

  2. Beginning training before the age of seven has been shown to have the greatest impact. The age at which musical training begins affects brain anatomy as an adult.

  3. Brain circuits involved in musical improvisation are shaped by systematic training, leading to less reliance on working memory and more extensive connectivity within the brain.

The author includes the below quote from Einstein that I found very inspirational as well as mentioning that Einstein started playing the violin at the age of 6, and was playing Mozart’s sonatas by the age of 13.

“Life without playing music is inconceivable to me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.” – Albert Einstein

Another source says that learning to play music improves your ability to problem solve, arrange items, connect pieces, or do puzzles. It also has been shown to help remember important information, and improve verbal recall. (you can read more here)

Dancing is also supposed to be beneficial for improving brain function on a number of levels. Some recent studies indicate that different types of practice allow the dancers to accomplish peak performance by blending both cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ which is held in the cerebellum. Regular aerobic exercise that includes some type of dance at least once a week supports anyone in maximizing their brain function. (read more here)

Perhaps it’s time we take a look at reducing the amount of time spent on electronic devices and in front of the television and add in some music lessons for the whole family! I know this has made me feel more motivated to get back to my sporadic attempts to learn to play the piano.  : )  We already started back at our regular dance attendance and it has been a blast for both of us; give it a try!

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Is learning to play a musical instrument a priority at your house?  Could you start playing one yourself to help your brain function, life enjoyment AND model it to your children?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

 

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