Benefits of Music for Development and the Brain
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April 26, 2023
Growing up, I was transfixed by music. When I was four years old, I would hide around the corner and listen to my sister in her piano lessons, then rush in when she was done to figure out by ear the songs she just learned—sometimes playing the piano with my nose! This is not to say that I come from a family of musicians; I grew up with the full-throated and enthusiastic more than the perfect-pitched. My father and I would sing “Ode to Joy” with animal sounds in place of words on long car trips. Still, this light-hearted and joyous approach cultivated in me a deep appreciation for all things musical.