New study shows benefits of music lessons in children

According to a new study from the Radiological Society of North America, “taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children.” In particular, these fiber connections increased in a part of the brain in which a decrease in connections has been linked to autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

“It’s been known that musical instruction benefits children with these disorders,” said Pilar Dies-Suarez, M.D., chief radiologist at the Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez in Mexico City, “but this study has given us a better understanding of exactly how the brain changes and where these new fiber connections are occurring.”

She added, “Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development, optimizing the creation and establishment of neural networks, and stimulating the existing brain tracts.”

In the study, scientists monitored 23 children aged between five and six, assessing them before and after nine months of music lessons. The panel noted increases in fiber connections in a part of the brain known as the minor forceps. They hope their findings can be used in developing interventions directed at young people with ADHD and autism.

“When a child receives musical instruction, their brains are asked to complete certain tasks,” Dr. Dies-Suarez said. “These tasks involve hearing, motor, cognition, emotion and social skills, which seem to activate these different brain areas. These results may have occurred because of the need to create more connections between the two hemispheres of the brain.”

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Tuesday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m. New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
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7 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Juraj Valčuha, conductor; Stravinsky: Le Chant du rossignol — recorded at the Grand Hall, Alte Oper in Frankfurt.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: National Lutheran Choir.
6 p.m. Taste of the Holidays with Steve Staruch (live).
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Mozart: Concerto No. 5 in A for Violin and Orchestra, K. 219.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
11:30 a.m. Met Opera: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: hosted by Chris Thile with guests Marcus Mumford and Corinne Bailey Rae, live from The Town Hall, New York.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra/Roderich Kreile, conductor; Ute Selbig, soprano; Anette Markert, contralto; Andreas Weller, tenor; Henryk Böhm, bass; Dresden Kreuzchor; Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Part I – recorded at the Kreuzkirche, Dresden.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: In Anticipation.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert, conductor; Rudolf Buchbinder, piano.
3 p.m. St. Olaf Christmas Festival (live) with Alison Young.
8 p.m. Sunday Night Cantata, Choral Stream.
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7 p.m. Giving Thanks: a celebration of fall, food and gratitude with John Birge.
9 p.m. Every Good Thing with Valerie Kahler and Steve Seel.
12 midnight Euro Classics: RTVE Symphony Orchestra/Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Truls Mørk, cello; Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 — recorded at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid.
Thursday – THANKSGIVING DAY, 10 a.m. Giving Thanks: a celebration of fall, food and gratitude with John Birge.
12 p.m. Every Good Thing with Valerie Kahler and Steve Seel.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Mozart: Concerto No. 9 in E-flat for Piano and Orchestra, K. 271 Jeunehomme.
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3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Seel (in for Steve Staruch).
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Rebroadcast from November 2014; Garrison Keillor welcomes guests Kat Edmonson, Vince Giordano, Butch Thompson, and Kate Beahe. Recorded at The Town Hall, New York.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: London Symphony Orchestra/Tomas Hanus, conductor; Martinů: Symphony No. 5, H. 310 – recorded at the Stadtcasino Basel in Basel, Switzerland.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Minnesota Memories, in Thanksgiving.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert, conductor; Emanuel Ax, piano.
5 p.m. Advent Voices with Lynne Warfel.
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Composer Corner: von Bingen

November’s composer of the month is Hildegard von Bingen.

 

Born: 1098

Died: Sept. 17, 1179

 

Five facts:

• Von Bingen was born the 10th child to a noble family. As was custom at the time, she was dedicated to the church at birth. She became a nun at age 18.
• She was known for having visions, claiming that she first saw “The Shade of the Living Light” at age three.
• Hildegard was incredibly prolific. In her life, she wrote nine books, 70 poems, 72 songs, and even a play.
• Von Bingen was sick for much of her life (it was believed she suffered from severe migraines), but she lived to the age of 81.
• She was formally declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Her feast day is celebrated on Sept. 17.

 

Three important works:

• Laus Trinitati
• O viridissima virga
• O ignee spiritus

 

Audio Backpack playlist: Hildegard von Bingen

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1 p.m. Performance Today.
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1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Marek Janowski, conductor; Anna Vinnitskaya, piano; Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, Sz. 119 — recorded at the Philharmonie in Berlin.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Verona String Quartet.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Vivaldi: Concerto in F for Violin and Orchestra, RV 293, Autumn.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Hosted by Chris Thile with guests Trey Anastasio, The Staves, and Tig Notaro, live from the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Stéphane Denève, conductor; Poulenc: Les Biches, suite – recorded at the Concert Hall in São Paulo.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Raymond Daveluy (1926-2016): In Memoriam.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Oregon Symphony/Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Augustin Hadelich, violin.
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1 p.m. Performance Today.
12 midnight Euro Classics: Alexei Lubimov, Viacheslav Poprugin, pianos; Debussy: Excerpts from ‘Préludes’ — recorded at the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival.
Thursday, 1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Tembembe Ensamble Continuo.
Friday, 7:15 a.m. Moveable Feast with John Birge and Minnesota Monthly‘s Rachel Hutton.
11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat, La Reine (The Queen).
12 p.m. Salute in Song: a one-hour music special for Veterans Day, featuring the men’s chorus, Cantus, with host Alison Young.
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
7 p.m. Salute in Song (encore broadcast).
8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra: Osmo Vänskä, conductor; Claudio Puntin, clarinet; live from Orchestra Hall.
Saturday, 9 a.m., New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher.
10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Hosted by Chris Thile with Jason Isbell, Angélique Kidjo, and Billy Collins, live from the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Fabio Luisi, conductor; Nielsen: Symphony No. 6 (‘Sinfonia semplice’) – recorded at the DR Concert House, Copenhagen.
Sunday, 6 a.m. Pipedreams: Wish I Were There.
12 noon From the Top.
1 p.m. SymphonyCast: Oregon Symphony/Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Natasha Paremski, piano.
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3 p.m. Regional Spotlight: Morgenstern Trio.
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11 a.m. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Spotlight: Mozart: Symphony No. 34 in C, K. 338 (without minuet).
1 p.m. Performance Today.
3 p.m. Friday Favorites with Steve Staruch.
8 p.m. Minnesota Orchestra: Vänskä conducts New World Symphony; Osmo Vänskä, conductor; Esther Yoo, violin; Alan C. Page, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice (retired), narrator; live from Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
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10 a.m. Saturday Cinema with Lynne Warfel.
5 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: rebroadcas from November 2013, with guests Sam Bush, Billy Collins, Cantus, and Hilary Thavis; hosted by Garrison Keillor.
8 p.m. Euro Classics: RTVE Symphony Orchestra/Leopold Hager, conductor; Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture – recorded at the Teatro Monumental, Madrid.
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