This is from an article in the Journal of Neuroscience (Aug 22), that my student’s parents clipped out for me recently.
” Music lessons in Childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop, finds a study conducted at Northwestern University. Researchers used EEG to measure the auditory brainstem responses of college students to eight different sounds ranging in pitch. The people who had studued music had more robust neural processing of the different sounds and were more effective at pulling out the sounds’ fundamental frequency than people with no musical training. These findings held true even if the lessons had ended years ago”
To read more on this topic, I’ve found a NY times article that touches on the subject: