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Crazy Music

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Interesting article from the website Futurity: “Music before age 9 protects brain after 60.” You should read the original, but here’s a summary: Neuropsychologist researcher Brenda Hanna-Pladdy of Emory University has done studies that confirms that “musical activity preserves cognition as we age… A range of cognitive benefits, including memory was sustained for musicians between the ages of 60-80 if they played for at least 10 years throughout their life, confirming that maintenance of advantages is not reliant on continued activity.” So: you get the benefits even if you don’t keep it up, but it’s important that musical training begin before age 9 and go for at least 10 years; also “keep playing for as long as possible over the age of 60.”

It’s good to start early, but it’s never too late. The article finishes with this felicitous phrase:

“Musical training should be considered an alternative form of education.”

I would rephrase that to “Music is an indispensable part of education.”


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