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Your Child’s Development: Music Study may be the Best Tool
A WEALTH OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH over
the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full intellectual, social, and creative potential.
l It speeds the development of speech and reading skills
l It trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods
l It helps children gain a sense of empathy for others
Music study requires a high degree of precision in auditory processing: being almost in tune
is not good enough.  is means that musically trained children are better able to distinguish subtle details of speech, leading to improved reading, better comprehension, and also a greater ability to interpret what other people
– children and adults – are really saying. Musically-trained children develop to their
full potential because participation in music is inherently rewarding, making children more likely to devote the time and practice necessary to develop strong cognitive and social abilities.
Most importantly, music gives children a means to express themselves, to unleash their creativity, and to be inspired by their own boundless capacity for personal growth.
For more than 127 years,  e Royal Conservatory of Music
has contributed to the musical education of millions of Canadians,
as well as to their academic success and social well-being.  e research we highlight in this document o ers compelling insights into the powerful, long-term value children gain through music study.
“Musical activity involves nearly every region of the brain that we know about, and nearly every neural
Brains of Musically Trained Individuals
MUSIC EDUCATION
e STRONGER NEURAL CONNECTIONS e MORE GREY MATTER
e BETTER INFORMATION PROCESSING e HIGHER IQ
e BETTER MEMORY AND ATTENTION e BETTER MOTOR COORDINATION
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 1.800.461.6058 OR VISIT RCMUSIC.COM
 subsystem.”
Daniel Levitin, This is Your Brain on Music, p 299
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