Music lessons are more than just expressing yourself and to socialize with others. For many parents, they had hoped that getting their children to learn a new musical instrument could help them improve their IQ. Though in two randomized trials in 2013 showed no consistent evidence that learning music improves a child’s IQ. Though learning music might help with solving math problems. That’s because music is structural, mathematical, and architectural based on the relationship between one note and another. But there’s been much focus on the effects of music learning on kids. What about aging adults? How will your aging brain improve with music lessons?
Music Playing Increase White Matter In Your Brain
There has been evidence to show that musical training at a young age could have a lasting impact on the brain. It creates additional neural connections in childhood that can last a lifetime and help to compensate for cognitive declines as the brain ages.
Studies have also shown an increase in the volume of white matter for adults playing music. White matter points to the brain’s plasticity. The brain’s plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity is its ability to adapt in response to experience, environment, or behaviour. This also shows the power of musical training to enhance and build connections within the brain.
How To Keep Your Mind Young With Music
What if you have never played a musical instrument in your life? Well, it is never too late to start! As all our brains are malleable to new experiences, we should not obstruct its ability to adapt and to grow just because of aging. Besides, learning to play a musical instrument can also help improve your bond with your kids. Music has a way of bringing people together. Just look at how toddlers groove to the music. Even those suffering from dementia light up when they hear the music they love in their youth.
Aging adults tend to listen to old songs from their teens and in their 20s. New music challenges the brain in a way that old music doesn’t. If you haven’t been listening to any new hits, it might be time to start tuning in to new songs from this era. This unfamiliarity will get your brain to adapt to new sounds.
Pay attention to how your body responds to the different types of music. Go for the form of music that resonates with your body. In this way, you learn to pay attention to both your mind and your body, deepening your experience.
Learning music helps you grow more white matter in your brain, helps you bond with your children. It also helps you to adapt to new experiences. Ritmo Music Studio offers various music programs for both adults and children in Singapore. Check out our programs and you can sign up for a trial lesson too.