As a piano teacher we see first-hand every day the many positive effects that music instruction has on our students… but how much do you know about the research behind the cognitive benefits of music education?
Today we’re talking with the perfect person to speak on this topic. Dr. Frances Rauscher is a Cognitive Scientist studying the effects of music on cognitive abilities. She has her Ph.D in Experimental research and was a professor at the University of Wisconsin. You may have instantly recognized her name, and that is because she was one of the researchers who created the 1993 study that resulted in the well-known term “The Mozart Effect”. However, Dr. Rauscher has done much more research than this one study, including researching the effects of piano instruction on the cognition of preschoolers.
What Piano Lessons Can Do For Your Brain
Listen as Dr. Rauscher shares her expertise on:
- What is the “Mozart Effect”?
- Music listening vs. Music instruction – which produces the brain benefits?
- How early childhood piano lessons can affect spacial temporal reasoning
- Why children should start piano lessons before the age of 6 or 7
- How piano teachers can maximize the cognitive benefits of piano lessons
- … and much, much more!
Cognitive Effects Direct From An Expert
Dr. Rauscher is one of the most well-known researchers in the field of music and cognition and we were so privileged to have the opportunity to talk with her on today’s podcast. Her research on the benefits of music instruction specific to preschoolers, and that precious “window of opportunity” to take advantage of these cognitive benefits for young children were one of the key things that inspired Trevor and I to develop a piano program that was specifically designed to meet the unique needs of preschool-aged children. Find out about WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers here.
For more further reading on Dr. Rauscher’s research click here.
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