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Music appears to make kids smarter

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Music appears to make kids smarter
Perhaps this type of music is the exception. Photo: Paul Gillingwater
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Parents wanting to boost the IQ of their offspring should be playing their little ones more music, it has been claimed.
Listening to sweet melodies is important for a child’s emotional and mental development and improves their intelligence, self-discipline and self-control, said the study.
 
The findings have been shared by renowned brain researcher Manfred Spitzer, who shared his knowledge after he was commissioned by Austrian politician Josef Puehringer to investigate the effects of music on 57,000 music students.
 
The well-known scientist said the most important subjects in early childhood education were music, sports, theatre and craft activities where children use their hands.
 
He said: "When children are drawing, their ability to concentrate increases but when they see films, it does not change much. When there is a children’s programme on the television, concentration gets worse. The motion of drawing is not only good for the circulation, but also for the brain."
 
He added that his work showed that "music does make people more intelligent."
 
Spitzer said: "Children improve their intelligence in school when they learn to play an instrument or when they are singing. Music also accelerates the education processes in other areas."
 
The study also showed that activities such as watching or performing theatre plays are important for the development of youngsters’ self-discipline and self-control.
 
Spitzer added: "They have a goal and learn how to reach it. Studies that have been conducted for more than 40 years show that people with greater willpower earn more, are healthier, and live longer."
 
The study on the effects of singing shows that children who sing in their preschool age are much more competent in school than children who do not.
 
Spitzer said: "Children learn about the flow of music. They learn that the more they try, the better they will get."
 
Story courtesy of Central European News

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