The Far-Reaching Value of Musical Training: Nina Kraus

A plethora of recent research has shown that the benefits of music education to increase the neurological capacities of school age children.  Presented below is a sample of the ever-growing body of evidence that music education programs can fundamentally change the way that the young brain wires and that the benefits of such instruction may allow students to experience developmental effects long after the actual instruction has occurred.

The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois has led the charge, exploring the long term neurobiological and developmental consequences of music education, particularly as they relate to students coming from disadvantaged socioeconomic conditions.   A recent study conducted by Dr. Nina Kraus, et al., shows that one year of music education programming can have significant effects in ameliorating the language deficits generally referred to as the “signature of poverty.”  Her research can be found here.


Additional Physiological Benefits of Music Education

There is in ever-increasing body of study on the benefits of music therapy in people with Alzheimers, dementia, dyslexia, autism, ADHD, and other conditions– both listening to music and playing music. For some individuals, music involvement could potentially mitigate behavioral patterns that might otherwise be treated as discipline problems or pharmaceutical issues.