Music and Brain Development

December 14, 2017 | RayL

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Child listening to vinyl


Your child has been going through your vinyl records. Every night the sounds of Pink Floyd, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix, The Clash and Depeche Mode waft out of the room. Thrilled that your child has an excellent taste in music, you explore ways to nurture this. 

Music and Brain Development

A study from Northwestern University found that when children are actively engaged in the music and participate in class, they reap the cognitive benefits of music class. Beginning music training as late as high school can "improve the teenage brain’s response to sound, sharpen language skills, and improve academic performance." It's never too late to learn!

A report from the Government of Ontario found that " has a positive effect on the development of the skills needed for phonological awareness, the recognition and decoding of words and the development of writing strategies."  

Initial study results from the University of South California found that "music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills". 

Music and Babies

If you have a younger child, introduce them to instrumental lullabies with Rockabye Baby. It's never too early for your child to discover great music including instrumental versions of Nirvana, Prince, Madonna and more. Expand your child's musical playlist beyond Caillou's theme song. 

Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Depeche Mode

The Cure

Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Metallica 

Nine Inch Nails

Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Bob Marley

Borrow a Musical Instrument!


Parkdale Branch offers a wide range of instruments for customers to borrow. Introduce your child to musical instruments by letting them decide what instrument they would like to play. By giving your child a choice, your child may feel more inclined to learn the instrument they chose. 


Don't forget that the library has a wide selection of books and DVDs to help introduce your child to new instruments, as well as instructional guides. 

How to Play Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons

Playing the Piano and Keyboards

Should I Play the Trumpet?