Wbez.org cites a study of Nina Kraus and Travis White-Schwoch in which “they found that after two years, the brains of the students studying music did a better job processing sound and were less distracted by background noise than peers who didn’t study music long term.
“What is really kind of stunning is that these ingredients that are important for language are also the same ones that are strengthened by making music,” Kraus said.”
Maybe because music is indeed a language.
“Currently, Chicago Public Schools requires one year of “arts education” for graduation, which can include anything from band to graphic design.”
Eventually, we will find our way back to where it is natural for people to sing, when they are happy, when they mourn or when they work, or just for the joy of singing.
The study is about teenagers, but it’s never too late to start.
I wish you a happy new year, full of music and creativity!