Recently, Simon Varga, Junior School Music Coordinator and I attended ‘Bigger, Better Brains’ professional development session presented by award winning Australian neuro-musical educator, Dr Anita Collins. The session addressed the positive impact learning a musical instrument has on the brain. We explored in-depth science around the impacts of music learning on brain development. This followed a practical session with Dr Collins to find applications and key concepts in neuroscience, music and the brain for the classroom.
These enhancements support higher levels of overall academic achievement, motivation, stress management, self-regulation and awareness. Most notably, music learning has been found to improve neural communication issues associated with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, reading and language learning delays. The research is now starting to reveal why music learning is so effective at enhancing brain function.
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