Some apps out there claim they train your preschooler’s brain, helping improve all areas of brain function and ward off the damaging effects of aging. It turns out, though, that those apps aren’t as helpful as they claim.
Playing music engages all areas of the brain, helping with motor skills, memory, and emotion. Even seemingly unrelated parts are stimulated because it integrates vision, hearing, touch, and our deepest emotions.
It’s best to start early, and there is no “too early.” Studies show that the nerve fibers in musicians are significantly larger than in non-musicians. As time goes on, your preschooler can develop their brain at a much better rate than other preschoolers by simply learning to play an instrument. “Those who started training at the youngest age showed the largest changes when compared to non-musicians,” as The Guardian reports.
“Music reaches parts of the brain that other things can’t,” says one scientist. “It’s a strong cognitive stimulus that grows the brain in a way that nothing else does, and the evidence that musical training enhances things like working memory and language is very robust.”
If you’ve ever wondered what hobby your child can get into at a young age, one of the best hobbies is playing music. Heck, your child could even turn it into a career! The possibilities are endless.