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GUEST,daylia Music and the Brain (33) RE: Music and the Brain 14 Dec 02

Sorry again! I've had this computer only a few weeks and I'm trying to learn it 'by ear'. I may just give in a go buy a book like "Computers for Dummies" soon ...

Thought this makes some interesting points about the effect of studying music on the brain and on behavior. It was distributed by the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher's Associations several years ago.

                  SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

    A highly gifted young pianist after her New York debut, was building a successful career in concertizing, lecturing and teaching. This was brought to an abrupt halt by World War II. When an invitation came to join a War Agency in an undefined capacity she stated that quite frankly, she didn't know what help that she, as a musician, could be in such an organization. The Director, who knew her background, said: "Then let me tell you what you would bring to this, or any other business organization:

First, as a musician you have a highly developed memory, and a                            memory for details.

Second, you are fully adjusted to working in a room by yourself for long periods with complete concentration.

Third, you have learned how to analyse and to work out in detail, problems connected with a piece of work.

Fourth, your mental and muscular coordination of eye, ear, mouth, hands and feet can be surpassed by few.

Fifth, you have learned to organize your time to meet deadlines.

   These are all qualities so valuable that when adapted to any worthwhile purpose, put you years ahead of the average academic graduate.

   This is reality is what you are giving your child when you give music training, in addition to awakening him/her to the soul-satisfying beauty within."

I'm sure I've read clinical documentation of the positive effects of music study on memory. I'll post them if I can find them.


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