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UVM Study Links Music Lessons and Brain Development 

Published March 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. | Updated April 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

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Piano lessons may really pay off, according to a new University of Vermont College of Medicine study. A child psychiatry team led by Dr. James Hudziak analyzed brain scans of 232 kids ages 6 to 18. Their findings, published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, reveal that practicing playing music altered areas of the brain that control motor functions and enhanced areas devoted to "executive functioning, including working memory, attentional control, as well as organization and planning for the future." The study's authors note that 75 percent of U.S. high school students rarely or never take extracurricular music or arts lessons. Might be time for that to change.

University of Vermont College of Medicine Study: Find it on the JAACAP website, jaacap.com.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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