What is working memory and how might music learning help?

This article is a great explanation of working memory and the different ways it is affected by disorders such as dyslexia, auditory processing disorder and ADHD. Learning music has been found to be a great tool to improve working memory because it can rewire how memories are created and help students keep more information on their cognitive “scratchpads”.

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“Everyone struggles with the limits of working memory sometimes — forgetting an item from a shopping list, or drawing a blank when you’re trying to remember the rules of a new game. But for kids with learning disorders, Hecker says, working memory often presents a more significant problem.”

This is another reason why learning a musical instrument can be an excellent tool to develop areas of the brain that impact general learning.

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