Music can do wonders for children both socially and academically. The impact it can have on children’s brains is worth taking a closer look at it because of its amazing benefits. 

If you’re unaware of how music can impact children’s brains, we have some useful information that will certainly want you to keep the music playing for your children.

Music and Brain Development

Research has shown that music training before the age of seven can change the brain’s structure and function. One study uncovered that the white matter in the corpus callosum can increase, which results in more brain connectivity. 

The impact music can have on the brain goes much deeper. Early music training can also increase the gray matter in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that’s in charge of sensory and motor skills. The improved coordination can also help to control emotions. This can help to prevent kids from overreacting and help them handle frustration better. Other findings discovered that musical training can increase the blood flow in the left side of the brain which can help them process language better.

The impact music can have on a child’s IQ is important as well. In a 2006 study published in the  Journal of Educational Psychology, researchers found that music lessons seemed to improve a child’s IQ and academic performance. They also uncovered that the longer the children study music, the more of a positive effect it has on them. So keep learning that music!

Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

A 2014 study found that learning a musical instrument improves and strengthens the brain’s executive functions. The brain’s executive functions cover things like problem-solving, controlling behavior, and making good choices. These are all skills that can help kids as they grow up.

Music and Memory

Do you want your kids to have a better memory? Keep the music playing! Research from the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University in Ontario indicates that musical training can modify the brain’s auditory cortex. Laurel Trainor, director of the Institute, suggests that since playing music with others requires a lot of attention and memory, it may lead to an even greater effect on memory.

Music and Spatial Reasoning

Music’s influence can also be seen in spatial and temporal reasoning in children. Research by psychologist Dr. Frances Rauscher and neuroscientist Gordon Shaw discovered that children who took music lessons did better on those types of tasks compared with kids who took computer lessons. Classical music has been found to be especially helpful when it comes to spatial reasoning in children. This may be because classical music is more mathematical and more complex than other types of music.

Besides listening to music, learning to play music can also have an impact on spatial reasoning. Researchers found that children who took piano lessons for six months improved their ability to finish puzzles and do other spatial tasks by as much as 30%. Many believe that musical instructions make new pathways in the brain that help with these types of tasks.

Music and Social Development

While many people focus on brain development in children, you don’t want to forget about social development. It’s also very important so that children are well-rounded. A study from the Florida International University’s Community Based Research Institute found that school music groups have a positive impact on the “5 C’s of social development”. These are competence, confidence, caring, character, and connection. After studying children learning music in an orchestra setting, they found that these children all showed an increase in all of the 5 C’s of social development.

Music and Babies

If you thought the effect music can have on children is only for older kids, think again. Babies can also see the benefits. A study at McMaster University found that babies who were part of an interactive music class had better communication skills and smiled more! Many people believe that exposing babies to some form of music at a young age leads to happier babies. 

There’s also research that shows that after babies listen to music, their auditory and prefrontal cortexes look different. These are the parts of the brain in charge of processing music and speech. Let the music play!

Music at Rock and Roll Daycare

We are gearing up to welcome students to our new Rock and Roll Daycare location in Porter Square. Here, kids will get all the benefits of a Rock and Roll experience with educational games and lessons, with plenty of music! Our teachers are ready to give kids the ultimate educational experience! Be sure to check back here for all of the exciting things that will be happening in Porter Square.


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