- It makes you a better listener. Learning music can improve your ability to distinguish sounds and hear speech in a noisy environment later in life, shows a US study. These skills are essential for good conversation but often decline with age.
- It boosts empathy. Playing music in a group can strengthen your capacity to recognise other people’s emotions. A University of Cambridge study shows performing together may help you form a bond that goes beyond verbal communication.
- It increases your IQ. Taking music lessons can raise your IQ by seven points. In a German study, singing or keyboard practice enhanced the academic performance of children, and their higher intelligence remained as they grew up.
Words by: Lindyl Crabb and Emma Clifton