20 Dec 2014: A Year That Showed The Many Benefits of Music Instruction
This year has proven to be an eventful one in discovering the benefits of playing music. Music.Mic listed the top 12 stories of 2014 and we’re proud that we’ve covered so many of these issues already in this blog included how music lessons can improve executive function, help with literacy and close the achievement gap.
Here are some of our favorite stories from Music.Mic, ranging from the insightful to the humorous. What is your favorite story of 2014?
- Sounds Quality Affects Enjoyment. Rack up a point for vinyl lovers. Researchers found that the sound quality of music impacts our emotional response to it. Volunteers were divided into two groups — one listened to a standard stereo 96-kbps sound and the other heard a song in 256-kbps audio format. The people who listened to the higher kpbs audio were 66 percent more likely to register pleasurable responses to what they heard. Vinyl records, on the other hand, plays at 1,000 kbps so start pulling out your old vinyls!
- Music Can Help Treat ADHD. Scientists from the University of Graz in Austria report that children who play music have significantly thicker grey matter in brain areas linked to attention and concentration. These areas in the brain are the same regions that are lacking in the brain scan of children living with ADHD. Researchers hope that taking music lessons can increase grey matter for those living with this disorder.
- Music Can Affect Your Alcohol Consumption. Researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Pittsburgh found that teens who like “songs with explicit alcohol references are two to three times more likely to engage in binge drinking than teenagers who aren’t familiar with booze-addled pop.” Changing a teen’s behavior may be difficult given the prevalence of alcohol references in today’s pop music. In fact, teens listen to an verage of 2.5 hours of music a day and, in that time frame, are exposed to eight references of alcohol brands. The study’s author was right: “Our music is giving us drinking problems.”
What’s in store of 2015 for music and science? We cannot wait to find out more benefts of music lessons.
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