Hello Foundations Families and Friends,
Some of you may wonder why Foundations students spend regular time at school listening to music while they do tracing and cursive. Well, the fact is, music has a big impact on brain development. Studies have shown that listening to specially composed music can:
- Increase intelligence by boosting spatial reasoning.
- Repair brain damage.
- Improve language and speech functions.
- Improve emotion regulation.
- Improve motor skills and coordination.
- Improve memory, attention, and learning capacities.
- Improve creativity and the ability to think outside the box.
Even further, research has shown that spending consistent time playing an instrument is “the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.” Playing an instrument engages the entire brain at once, including visual, auditory, and motor cortices. While the brain growth our students experience in class from all of the cognitive exercises and music therapy that they do is impressive, you may want to consider boosting their brain growth even more by having them learn to play an instrument. Heck, you may want to consider learning to play an instrument yourself!
To learn more about how music and playing an instrument impacts the brain, check out the following short videos:
Have a great weekend! : )