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Music and Memory

A lot of our Music is good for you #WednesdayWisdom posts have shown how playing an instrument is especially good for children. This week’s post is one for the older musicians as we’ve looking at brain ageing.

The good news for the more mature musician is that the cognitive gains made from playing an instrument don’t seem to wane as you age.

Studies have shown that those speech-processing and memory benefits extend well into your golden years. However, the better news is that you’ll retain those benefits even if your musical training stopped after childhood.

A new Canadian study found that older people who had musical training when they were young could identify speech 20% faster than those with no training. In another study, people aged 60 to 83 who’d studied music for at least 10 years remembered more sensory information, including auditory, visual, and tactile data, than those who’d studied for one to nine years. Both groups scored higher than people who’d never learned an instrument.

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Music is good for you – continued.

Today’s #WednesdayWisdom is about how music can improve your memory.

Many of us are in awe of a musician’s ability to play vast tracts of music without the dots and, as with London taxi drivers, musicians who regularly learn and perform pieces of music from memory increase the brain’s ability to so do.

However, in addition to music (and related to the speech processing we featured last week), those with music training are also better at remembering spoken words (verbal memory).

A study from Germany recently showed that students in year two who spent 45 minutes a week learning a musical instrument recalled more words recited to them than children who received no musical training or those who spent the same amount of time in science class. Playing music also seems to boost working memory; your ability to temporarily store and use information that helps you reason, learn, or complete a complex tasks.

Yet another reason to ensure your child has music lessons or that you don’t stop playing.

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