The benefits of playing an instrument should be no surprise. I have cited several of them for years. It is nice to have confirmation of the great benefits:
* helps children learn better
* makes children learn faster
* children learn with greater long-lasting affects.
* involves whole brain: enhancing ALL learning
AND later in life, the benefits continue well into adulthood: staving off dementia and deafness, providing social involvement and purpose.
I personally experience the social, therapeutic, and satisfying effects of music in my life on a daily basis. My happy place is to be creating music, whether for my own enjoyment, performing solo work, or performing with an ensemble. I guess that's why I am so active in community bands, orchestras, and choirs!!
Here find a link to an article listing the wonderful side effects of being a musician!
Here is a piece written by Hugh A. Glauser at Kent State University School of Music.
Have a lovely week!
ps: see also the pdf from the Royal Conservatory of Music, if you want some really awesome studies on music education!