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Music increases intelligence!

Music makes children smart. That has long been proven. But that music can also be fun, should of course also be mentioned at this point. Music has a very special effect when your children make music themselves. This stimulates the brain like no other activity and the two halves of the brain “spark” back and forth much more intensely. The children learn to listen carefully, to perceive their own feelings and also to express them in the form of music.

When we play an instrument, we are doing one of the most complex activities. The unique interplay of movement, intellect and emotion has a phenomenal effect on the mental development of children.

Children who had similar IQ scores at the start of the study were compared. Just four years later, the children with music education showed a significant increase in IQ. Children who are socially disadvantaged and who have received less support in their development also benefit from the effect of making music. It's not about top musical performance, but about making music itself. In the groups that enjoyed above-average musical support, a significantly better concentration performance could be measured. This means that music can help children overcome weaknesses in concentration (for example in learning).

But also musically talented children increase their intelligence by playing an instrument. Just "playing from sight", that is, translating notes directly into music, is an incredibly complex training for the brain. Because beat, tempo, notes and expression are read from the notes, processed at the same time and transformed into music using your own voice or fine motor skills when playing an instrument.

What is particularly astonishing: the time invested in learning an instrument, practicing and making music together is not detrimental to the children's academic performance. Rather, there is an advantage over children without musical training in mathematics and languages.

As long as your child is interested in music and has the desire to learn an instrument, encourage them to invest part of their free time in what is perhaps the most beautiful hobby. Let your child try it out and get advice from the Berlin "Fame" music school in Marzahn, Hellersdorf, Pankow, Buch, Karow or Lichtenberg in your area.

Source: parenting guide

Music promotes language skills

There are a number of serious studies that show the following. First: After one year of music lessons at the Berlin Music School "Fame", children have an intelligence quotient that is eight to nine points higher than without music training. Second, children with music lessons have better verbal memories. Third, children making music can understand complicated sentences better

It doesn't matter what kind of music you make (or what instrument you play). The only important thing for the stimulating effect is that you don't just sit and listen, but actively engage with music.

Source: Lutz Jäncke "Crossword puzzles don't bring you anything" (2006)

Music school "Fame" Berlin promotes

For some years now, pedagogues and psychologists have increasingly been using instrumental lessons and early musical education to explain the development of key qualifications, personal development and people's ability to learn.

What was only suspected for a long time has now been scientifically proven in numerous studies in the field of neurobiology and brain research: active music making over a longer period of time has a lasting positive effect on the development of children and adolescents!

Since the entire body is used in many ways when making music, all of the musician's senses are addressed and regularly encouraged. It has been proven that children and adolescents who are supported by music are more agile in mental sports as well as more flexible in the execution of fine and precise movement sequences. Children who make music regularly have an extremely good ability to concentrate and are more psychologically balanced.

Young people also benefit from active music-making in their self-discovery process. We have long since appreciated the fact that job interviews, at work or in daily dealings with our fellow human beings not only require acquired knowledge, but above all social skills and key qualifications such as perseverance, the ability to work in a team or creativity. It is precisely these skills that young people can acquire while making music.

Scientific knowledge about the effects of making music

As early as 1925 there were studies on children with above-average intelligence with the attempt to prove a connection between musicality and intelligence. It turned out that these two factors very often go hand in hand.

Press release,
Federal Ministry of Family Affairs

"Music promotes endurance and concentration"

Federal Minister Renate Schmidt honors prizewinners in the national competition '' Jugend musiziert ''

Trossingen / Berlin, June 3, 2004

The national competition '' Jugend musiziert '' ended today in the Swabian town of Trossingen with a record participation of 1,909 young instrumentalists. On the occasion of the award ceremony, the Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, Renate Schmidt, said: '' This competition broke another record. A total of over 16,000 children and young people took part in the regional and state competitions, in the national competition there were ultimately 1,909 participants - more than ever before, that is a great response. '' The prizes of the national competition are divided into 15 categories in the respective Age groups assigned.

"The large number of participants shows," continued the Federal Minister, "how important music is for children and young people. We are not primarily concerned with securing the next generation of professional musicians and top talent like Anne-Sophie Mutter or Tabea Zimmermann. Music and learning to play an instrument help children and young people to develop initiative and motivation. They promote stamina and the ability to concentrate. Young people learn the key qualifications they need for a self-confident and self-determined life. "

The national competition '' Jugend musiziert '' has been held annually since 1963/64, preceded by regional and state competitions. Participants are children and young people up to a maximum age of 20 years in the field of instrumental subjects and up to 25 years in the field of singing. The federal government supports musical education for young people with around three million euros per year. The integrated funding model '' Jugend musiziert '', to which the federal competition and the follow-up funding projects for the German Chamber Music Course, the Federal Youth Orchestra, the Federal Jazz Orchestra and the federal meeting '' Jugend jazzt '' belong, are funded by the Federal Ministry of Youth with 1.2 million euros annually. This makes '' Jugend musiziert '' the largest single project in the federal children and youth plan.

Further information about the national competition and the names of the award winners can be found at www.jugend-musiziert.org

Children need music!

Many parents and musicians note with great concern that the subject of music is being sidelined in general schools and that a musical educational emergency is developing. In the elementary and secondary schools in the Federal Republic of Germany, for example, up to 80% of the music lessons are canceled or are given outside of the subject.

The results of a long-term study by the music teacher Hans Günter Bastian clearly show that dealing with music has positive effects on the intellectual and social abilities of children, even increasing the motivation to learn and perform through singing and making music. Making music has a positive influence on the entire personality development, reduces potential for fear and thus contributes to a reduction in the propensity for violence among children and adolescents in our society.

"Anyone who makes music or sings boosts their brain performance considerably, because music activates both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The right hemisphere through the tonality, i.e. the melody, the left through the beat, i.e. the rhythm."

Music promotes motor skills and a sense of rhythm

Babies have a keen sense for music. Early musical education at the Berlin Music School "Fame" trains rhythm and motor skills at this age.

Early musical education: children love high notes

A long-term study by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research shows that babies already react to different noises and tones. As early as nine months old, you will notice slight changes in tempo and pitch. "In principle, hearing begins in the womb: the unborn child hears the mother's rhythmic heartbeat, her voice and noises from the outside world - and it reacts to the auditory stimuli with movements," explains Sabine Hirler, teacher for music and rhythm and trained music therapist .

When the little ones are born, they react in particular to higher voices and sounds rich in overtones, such as glockenspiel, triangle or small cymbals. "Parents adapt intuitively by speaking accentuated and rhythmically in a higher pitch."

Singing songs also offers great listening stimuli for children: “The singing of mom and dad is like an emotional bath of sound for babies, because singing makes the parents' feelings tangible for the child in a particularly personal way. Lullabies calm you down, others encourage you to clap and join in, ”says Hirler.

Many babies look their parents on the lips as if they were reading the text from them. The study by the Federal Ministry shows that auditioning also promotes language development in the child. Listening, seeing and “making” music (which includes clapping, drumming, even babbling) stimulate the connection and activity of both halves of the brain. (Familie.de)

The "Fame" music school in Berlin supports children

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When children learn to play a musical instrument, there are unexpected side effects. A small study by American scientists provides corresponding results. Children who regularly play music therefore have a larger vocabulary than their peers who do not play an instrument. In addition, they can more easily see through the logic behind graphic symbols.

These results suggested that making music promotes a number of skills, write the neuroscientists and educators working with Gottfried Schlaug from Harvard University in the journal “PLoS ONE”. However, they did not provide evidence of such a causal connection.

Schlaug and colleagues had 59 children between the ages of 7-11 years complete a veritable battery of tests of intellectual and motor skills. All children had one hour of music lessons per week at school, 41 had also been practicing regularly on a keyboard or string instrument for at least three years.

Even taking into account the parental level of education, there were clear differences between the two groups in 7 of 13 tests, the researchers report. As expected, the children making music were able to recognize tones and rhythms better and also showed greater dexterity. Vocabulary and the ability to combine things apparently have little to do with playing an instrument, according to Schlaug and colleagues. It could be all the more informative to study the context in more detail.

Research: Marie Forgeard, Andrea Norton and Gottfried Schlaug, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston; Ellen Winner, Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts