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Monday, September 28, 2009

music on the brain

My daughter just started Suzuki violin and I am loving it!! Here is some interesting news about music and a child's brain.
You can read the full article at here.

Laurel Trainor was there, playing her flute. A psychologist and neuroscientist, she's the director of the McMaster University Music and the Mind Institute.

The institute researches how music works in and on the mind.

"Why do young kids who play music develop better memory and attention focus?" asks Trainor.

The most compelling hypothesis, she says, is that music involves so much function -- both mental and physical, not to mention emotional.

The playing and learning of music requires a combination of memory, imitation, creativity, physical dexterity, mathematics and other aspects of cognition.

What's more, she adds, actively playing music is far more beneficial than passively listening to it.

We stand to learn a great deal more about the relationship between music and the mind in Hamilton as the McMaster University Music and the Mind Institute just received word that it has won a $6-million grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

"Most of that money will go to building a performance lab where we can measure the brain waves of multiple performers as they play music together," says Trainor. "We'll monitor both the players' and the audience's responses."

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MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.