Charice Pempengco, Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo, etc.—they are undoubtedly some of Philippine music’s brightest gems. But like pearls inside an oyster, all of these artists started young and had to go through years of refining and fine tuning to shine in the showbiz sky as they do now. And, as they say, success isn’t built on one person alone. All these celebrities openly and publicly credit their parents with nurturing and supporting their musical gifts, even as far back as early childhood.
It’s not unusual for parents to put precedence on their kids’ academics before letting them indulge in musical endeavors, but think about this for a minute: the music that they create can also be a way to boost your kids’ grades. Recent studies have shown that musical training is more than just a creative outlet; it can tone the brain and improve your kids’ learning abilities, according to the findings of a study published in the Nature Reviews Neuroscience Journal.
The study found that learning to play a musical instrument leads to fitter and keener auditory senses. This is because a trained musician’s ear is attuned to musical sounds, timing, and quality; and therefore there is more brain activity in his or her auditory cortex (the part of the brain that processes sounds) and a larger portion of brain volume in a musical child’s motor and auditory regions. So how does this translate to grater academic power? By connecting music to speech and communication. Music and speech both use pitch and timing to deliver information, and they also require memory and attention skills to process it.