Does music instruction improve fine motor abilities?

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 Dec;1060:262-4. doi: 10.1196/annals.1360.053.

Abstract

The fine motor abilities of children who participated in two years of piano instruction and those who had never received formal music training were compared before and after the instruction. A significant improvement in fine motor skills was found only for the children who received the lessons, and a significant difference in the speed of response was found between the two groups at the end of the two years of instruction. The innumerable opportunities to assess, refine, and time their motor responses to specific stimuli during musical practice and the availability of constant evaluative feedback (i.e., sound) may allow musicians to improve the accuracy and speed of perceiving and responding to relevant stimuli.

MeSH terms

  • Auditory Perception
  • Child
  • Fingers / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Motor Skills*
  • Music*
  • Pitch Perception