The Effects Of Music On Children And Young Adults

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Susan Hallam is a professor of education and music psychology at the Institute of Education of the University of London. Hallam assessed many studies of the influence of music on children and young adults in the process of writing her journal article. She organizes her paper into three main categories: the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. Within the paper, she explains how numerous studies have found positive correlations between continued musical training and development in many subjects that are seemingly unrelated to music. However, these conclusions are not proven and must be taken in consideration that music education for the improvement of other skills is not guaranteed for every person. Nevertheless, many of the cases that Hallam reviewed have promising results which are inspiring for music educators, school administrators and parents alike. Hallam’s argument is that many scientific studies can point to many outside benefits of dedicated engagement in music training throughout one’s life. Hallam starts by explaining how musical training affects the brain. When music or any other skill is practiced repeatedly and consistently, the connections in the brain used to carry out these tasks create stronger pathways to each other. Processes such as myelination and pruning occur to create stronger connections between these pathways (Hallam, 2010). These certain skills one develops from dedicated classical training in an instrument

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