What an amazing study done by Northwestern University showing that simply taking music lessons as a child can improve your cognitive ability as you age and actually offset natural degradation. Music lessons from over 40 years ago still resonated with– and improved the brain performance of– participants.
They can now measure the reaction speed of the brain to sound. They played the participants letter sounds and measured how long it took their brains to understand the sound. The results were overlayed with the lesson history of the participants.
If they had several years total of any musical lessons they were in Group A. If they had very little or no musical training in their youth they were in Group B. The total pool consisted of adults from ages 55-76.
Group A consistently processed the sound 1millisecond faster than Group B.
If 1ms doesn’t sound like much remember it adds up. That’s 1ms per letter sound so imagine an entire conversation of 1ms pauses and you have slow and possibly degrading conversation ability.
Buy or give music lessons to your kids, grandkids, nephews, nieces, or even the neighbor’s kid. It’s one of the best things you can do for them.
Another successful Musicians Garden, this time at IngenuityFest 2014, the first of many photo albums and videos I’m sure.
View this entire album and their other events at their Flickr page.
Musicians Garden is a pretty amazing organization that donates their time and instruments to help secure the future of music one kid at a time. Please consider donating your time, money, or instruments to them.
Update — more awesome pics posted by MG here!
We were out this weekend helping with our favorite cause – Musicians Garden. What an amazing time helping, teaching, and playing music with people of all ages. MG will have some amazing pictures of the event posted soon, and they are accepting bookings for all types of events.
Cool article on Bernie Worrell making a home for himself.
This guy is the greatest, an amazing human and one of the finest musicians ever. A living legend who is an example for us all.
It’s about time. The first of a new generation of music games is doing away with the toy guitars and fake notes and going for reality. Yes, someone has built a video game engine using real music notes, progressions, and even instruments. You can literally plug your guitar into your game console through an adapter plug and go at it!
I might actually get this one next time I spend on gaming, especially since I have an human guitar instructor in the house that is very interested in this line of product.
When this things gets released someone post if it’s any good, I’m very curious.