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1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain's circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

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Why Your Kids Should Have Music Lessons

By AMY OSMOND COOK
OC Moms
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"That was completely hilarious," my husband, Jeff, laughed as we sat back down in the church pew. I had just finished playing the piano while my 5-year-old, Lizzy, and my 4-year-old, Jenny, sang "I Am a Child of God" in front of the entire church congregation.

"Hilarious" wasn't exactly the adjective I wanted to have used to describe my daughters' singing. But I decided to play along. "Why?" I asked with a gritted-tooth smile. 

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Why Musical Genius Comes Easier to Early Starters

Updated 18:02 16 January 2013 by Andy Coghlan

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Good news for pushy parents. If you want your child to excel musically, you now have better justification for starting their lessons early. New evidence comes from brain scans of 36 highly skilled musicians, split equally between those who started lessons before and after the age of 7, but who had done a similar amount of training and practice.

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New Research: Why It’s Important to Start Music Young

Teachers and Musicians have suspected this for a long time, but now it’s official:

“Early musical training can produce long-lasting changes in behavior and on the brain”

This statement comes from a recent research study published in January 2013 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

In the study, 36 highly skilled musicians were tested. The musician group was then split equally between those who had learned music before the age of seven and those who had learned after the age of seven.

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