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Center for
Lifelong Music Making
Why Play an Instrument?


It's never too late to start playing an instrument! 
100 musical instruments

Children who play an instrument have better:

  • verbal abilities
  • second language learning
  • reading achievement
  • non-verbal reasoning
  • auditory working memory
  • ability to focus in noisy environments
  • general intelligence 

See research studies: https://brainvolts.soc.northwestern.ed

Adults who learned to play instruments as children (but may not have played them in up to 40 years) outperform other adults who never played an instrument in:

  • attention
  • memory
  • hearing
  • speech processing

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