Children who play computer games suffer similar damage to the developing mind. In a study at Tohoku University in Japan, it was found that computer games only stimulated activity in the parts of the brain associated with vision and movement. By exposing children to complex musical sounds, children will develop the same areas of the brain required for math and spatial reasoning. Reading out loud and singing have also been found to be effective activities for activating the frontal lobe.
Playing the piano improves coordination, stimulating several different areas of the brain. The piano is also considered the best instrument for improvements in spatial-temporal ability.
Not every child will become a professional musician or even a stellar student, however piano lessons can certainly contribute to their well-being and give them a love of music. Every minute at the piano is one less minute in front of the television or computer screen!
Eleanor Gummer is the Director of Whitby School of Music and has over 30 years of experience teaching music to children. She has an extensive background in Early Childhood Music and is a former Senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She holds a Masters degree from McGill, Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas from Trinity College in England and an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. www.whitbyschoolofmusic.com