New Studies Show the Power of Music for the Brain

From strengthening neural networks of premature infants through a Punji flute to the impact of singing on spoken language in the hearing impaired—these two new studies support the abundance of research demonstrating the remarkable benefits of music in our development.Music Helps to Build the Brains of Very Premature Babies
Despite the stressful environment of intensive care for very premature newborns, researchers proposed an original solution: music written especially for their developing brains. The surprising first medical imaging results showed that the neural networks of premature infants who have listened to this music are developing much better, particularly in a network involved in many sensory and cognitive functions.  Click here to learn more about the kind of music they used, when they used it, the study design, and how the children (now age 6) will be followed up.

Original source: Lara Lordier, Djalel-Eddine Meskaldji, Frédéric Grouiller, Marie P. Pittet, Andreas Vollenweider, Lana Vasung, Cristina Borradori-Tolsa, François Lazeyras, Didier Grandjean, Dimitri Van De Ville, Petra S. Hüppi. Music in premature infants enhances high-level cognitive brain networksProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019; 201817536 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1817536116

Music Develops the Spoken Language of the Hearing-impaired
Researchers have compiled guidelines from their own findings and those of other researchers, for international use of music to support the development of spoken language. The guidelines are suitable for the parents of children with hearing impairments, early childhood education providers, teachers, speech therapists and other rehabilitators of children with hearing disabilities, as well as the hearing-impaired themselves. Researcher Ritva Torppa explains that with these techniques, challenges such as listening to speech in noisy surroundings becomes less stressful, while communicating with others and absorbing information in school and everyday life becomes easier.  Source :
Original source: Ritva Torppa, Minna Huotilainen. Why and how music can be used to rehabilitate and develop speech and language skills in hearing-impaired childrenHearing Research, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.heares.2019.06.003