Nina Kraus, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University, found that musical training has an impact in strengthening neural functions as well as a connection with sound and reading of children in impoverished areas.“Research has shown that there are differences in the brains of children raised in impoverished environments that affect their ability to learn,” Kraus said in a press release from the APA. “While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap.”
This study recently published on published in The Journal of Neuroscience did not take place in a laboratory, but in the offices of Harmony Project in Los Angeles, a nonprofit after-school program that teaches music to children in low-income communities.
-- Read "Study: Learning a musical instrument boosts language, reading skills" on PBS Newshour
-- Read "This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music" on NPR Ed
-- Watch Prof. Nina Kraus discuss the benefits of music making on the brain
-- Watch Prof. Nina Kraus discuss how the brain hears music
-- Go to Harmony Project website
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