Playing musical instruments have a direct impact on a child’s ability to learn languages
Music lessons improve children’s ability to learn languages by increasing their brain’s sensitivity to sounds, including speech, a new study has claimed.
Tests by researchers at Northwestern University, Chicago, found that exposure to music could be beneficial to the brain in its developmental stages and it has advantages for all children, including those who are dyslexic and autistic, The Telegraph reported.
The researchers established a link between musical ability and the capacity of the nervous system to take in sound patterns and said playing musical instrument have a direct impact on a child’s ability to learn languages.
Professor Nina Kraus, who led the team, said playing an instrument had an impact on automatic processing in the brainstem, the lower section of the brain which governs breathing, the heartbeat and reaction to sounds.
She said: “Playing music engages the ability to extract relevant patterns, such as the sound of one’s own instrument, harmonies and rhythms, from the ‘soundscape’. Playing an instrument may help youngsters better process speech in noisy classrooms and more accurately interpret the nuances of language that are conveyed by subtle changes in the human voice.”
A spokeswoman for the National Autistic Society, U.S., said many children with autism respond well to music. She said: “It seems that music can help children to communicate and interact with those around them, relax or to express emotions.”