The Science behind Music and MR PIWI
By using music, we can engage and strengthen these mental powers, which in turn makes us better learners at anything we attempt to learn.
Music that is learned as a child is stored in the brain in an area that is the last to degenerate. Songs you learn as a child you will take with you to the grave, even if you remember nothing else. By repeatedly singing the lessons in Honeysuckle Cottage, the lessons become permanent.
There have been many scientific studies that show a link between music and language learning. Early music training before age seven has been shown to increase the number of words a child can remember. Other studies have shown that music training for preschoolers can help them in later years in areas of mathematics and science skills.
Music is so powerful that it can make us see things that are not even there! Music affects us emotionally and it can be a valuable tool in helping children overcome emotional blocks to learning. Music can be a mood shifter and can help children achieve small learning goals easily. These small victories can encourage a child, who then becomes ready both academically and emotionally to progress.
Music can help children relax and enjoy creative thinking, new ideas and tackling new skills.
Because music engages both our physical senses as well as “MR PIWI” (the higher mental skills), music can help a child maintain focus on the material and move new information into longterm memory.
An interesting study from Stanford University in 2007 showed that music literally lights up our entire brain. It “primes the brain to pay attention”. Music helps us to understand our feelings and to interpret the world around us.