The StudyResearchers took a group of 37 children, aged 6-7, from Los Angeles. 13 of them began receiving musical training from Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The remaining children were split into two groups; 11 participated in a community soccer program while 13 didn't participate in any extracurricular activity at all. Over the course of two years, researchers used a variety of brain scans to monitor the progress of each child. Interestingly, the auditory systems of the musical group were maturing much faster than in the other two groups. This translated to increased speech perception, language development and reading skills. "The auditory system is stimulated by music," said Assal Habibi, lead author of the BCI study. "The system is also engaged in general sound processing that is fundamental to language development, reading skills and successful communication." So, in other words, Luciano Pavarotti was totally right when he said:
"If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them."