How playing an instrument changes your brain

I've been planning to put both my kids (4 and 6) in piano lessons but have been waiting for school to start up again. But after reading this article (which just reinforces what I already knew), I'm eager to get them in TODAY.

The study, which was done in Italy, found that:

1. people with NO musical background who completed just 2 weeks of "exercise on a piano" changed their brains significantly

2. ambidextrous training increased coordination and "balanced action" between the two brain hemispheres

3. the training enhanced the responses to the nerve impulses in the muscles of the fingers

4. the gray matter of the brain was structurally reconstructed 

Here's the study:


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