A new study suggests that piano lessons taken in the pre-school years can help children excel long-term in maths such as calculus and algebra.
According to the study conducted by Barbara M. Burns and her research team at the University of LouisvilleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, preschoolers learning to play the piano showed significant gains in visuo-spatial intellect — the ability to form mental images, visualize graphic representations, and recognize relationships of various objects to one another — each the essential building blocks for subjects like calculus and physics.
I started playing the piano ‘by ear’ very early on, and started lessons at the age of 5 or 6. I neither excel nor flop at maths. It’s an interesting study.
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