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Art in almost any of its forms had always been recognized for its human beneficial influence offering inner harmony, balance, enthusiasm and a rich life experience. Music plays an important role in the harmonization of analytical and artistic activities of the human brain and also in neurological development, which entails academic performance of children and acquaires useful habits throughout their life.

 Music and brain hemispheres integration
When the two hemispheres of the brain are developed unevenly, the human brain can not develop as a whole this being the case of underdeveloped intelligence. Therefore it is very important for a child to develop activities that stimulates equally both the analytical and the artistic sides. In the case of music left brain analyzes the structure, while the right hemisphere focuses on melody, both hemispheres synchronizing.

Music and neurological development
Sounds, harmony and singing activates the human brain. The ear is the first organ that develops fully just two weeks after conception. Fetus can hear and even recognize music. After birth, the child is drawn to music: the pleasure of chanting, the desire imagesto move on music, the joy of listening the lullaby song played by mother, or the fascination when he hears its favorite melody.
To play a musical instrument is one of the most complex human activities assuming integration of multiple activities specific to human beings such as: logical-mathematical skills to assimilate musical information, gross and fine motor skills needed in precise handling the instrument, spatial imagination for hands and fingers coordination, emotional skills.

      Studies regarding the influence of music on neurological development shows  that to achieve optimal brain development, child’s musical education should begin before the child turns 7 years, optimumc is around age 5. This creates connections between different brain areas beneficial for life.

      The child will have high academic performance and will acquire skills necessary for a balanced life: discipline, perseverance, ability to cooperate, ability to handle stress, desire for knowledge and not least, the ability to express feelings.

6 ways in which music develops human brain
Music plays a vital role in children’s development beyond relaxation and fun. Studying a musical instrument, activity in a musical choir help develop verbal and musical memory in learning, mathematical concepts and improves the learning process, also binding tight friendships between children by increasing socialization.

1. Language development. Scientists had identified an important link between music and language development in children. Music therapy may be especially important among children with speech and language difficulties. Experts say that studying a musical instrument improves brain processing language and helps little ones to overcome this problem related with reading or learning.
2. Fostering the learning process. The brain has specific responses to rhythm, melody and sounds, which increases brain activity and development of neural pathways. Neural connections are activated either when the child plays an instrument or simply when he is listening to music, resulting in improving the way the child absorbs and processes information. Music helps create a balance in brain development. On the one hand are the exact materials such as mathematics, using left brain, on the other hand, creative, imaginative, that are “awakened” and developed on right side of the brain.
3. Develops verbal memory. Music has implications in the development of verbal memory. Learning and repeating lyrics listened proves to be an effective technique to improve the ability to retain information. Music causes the children’s brain to work in many ways. Playing a musical instrument requires an enhanced ability to solve problems and attention during complex tasks.
4. Improves social skills. Music makes children friendly. Places where they sing / play music,  brings together more children, in this way with they have the opportunity to relate/connect and make new friends. Music becomes a strong bond between children and their relationships and develops important social skills.
In addition, they develop the ability to work in teams, especially if they are enrolled in music circles and choral activities. Specialists and teachers noticed that children who listen to music are friendly, behave nicer and have more self-confidence.
5. Developing self-awareness. Children learn to know themselves while listening to music or playing an instrument. Music teaches children to be self-motivated paiyng less attention to material rewards.
6. Learning mathematical concepts.  Music helps children to learn math easily, one of the most difficult school subjects. Following special tests, it was discovered that the best school results children had were of those who were involved in musical activities, unlike those who were unrelated to music.

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