Here's What Playing Music Does To A Baby's Brain

How young is too young?

Getting involved with music does incredible things to the brain, including boosting brain activity, promoting coordination, heightened math skills, increasing the volume of the brain, and boosting problem-solving skills. Many surgeons are able to play at least one instrument, and music is even able to stave off the effects of Alzheimer's and other age-related cognitive decline.

The benefits of humans engaging in music is clear, but how young should children start?

A famous 1993 study caused a media frenzy when it was suggested that fetuses that listen to classical music while still in the womb would have intelligence benefits over those that do not. Though the study's actual results were wildly misconstrued, that rumor has persisted. Indeed, there are some benefits, but the kind of parents who care enough to play classical music for their babies are also the ones who would do other things to promote intelligence as well. 

As DNews host Lissette Padilla explains, playing Mozart alone might not have significant benefits to the child's overall intelligence, but there is other research to suggest that playing music — regardless of genre — can stimulate the baby's brain and might be worth doing.

Check it out:

Did you play music for your baby? What kind? Let us know in the comments!

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