The Mozart Effect is real. This is the realization that listening to classical music?especially Mozart?can increase your brainpower, especially if you do it just before taking a test. Now scientists have uncovered that PLAYING music can make your brain work better.

Playing music sharpens your hearing as well, but this is less of a surprise. In, Charles Q. Choi quotes neuroscientist Nina Kraus as saying, “Music classes are often among the first to be cut when school budgets get tight. That’s a mistake.”

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