Music education has been proven to ratchet up children’s mental development. And now research shows that even in small amounts, music lessons can boost your brain’s abilities for your entire life.
Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a recent study queried 45 adults about the amount of musical training they received as kids and then tested their ability to recognize various sounds. The researchers found that even just one year of music lessons decades ago bettered people’s mental ability to process what they heard.
While this study focused primarily on the ability to recognize sound, the researchers say that it reflects the benefits music creates for reading and math comprehension.