Link to full article: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2630954
(I know how to embed a link inside text – just chose not to do it that way this time, thanks for the advice, folks). Here’s a couple of quotes from the article:
Music is fundamental to the human species in ways that reach beyond entertainment or pastime. In Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks noted that music can “calm us, animate us, comfort us, thrill us, or serve to organize and synchronize us at work or play, [but] it may be especially powerful and have great therapeutic potential for patients with a variety of neurological conditions.”
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Processing music is one of the most cognitively demanding tasks our brains undertake, and creating and performing music is even more complex. We are just beginning to understand what neural processes underlie the effects of active music making, and a better appreciation of these processes would likely enhance understanding of brain responses to other stimuli and tasks. There is already compelling evidence that in children, music training assists development of language skills, auditory processing, and educational achievement compared with untrained peers,2– 4 and anecdotally, many top professionals across different disciplines have musical training in their background.
The article describes the beginning of this initiative and why it is important – it will be interesting to follow this topic in the future.
Here’s the reference list from the article. More good info there.