Music training for the development of auditory skills

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010 Aug;11(8):599-605. doi: 10.1038/nrn2882.


The effects of music training in relation to brain plasticity have caused excitement, evident from the popularity of books on this topic among scientists and the general public. Neuroscience research has shown that music training leads to changes throughout the auditory system that prime musicians for listening challenges beyond music processing. This effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness. Therefore, the role of music in shaping individual development deserves consideration.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation* / methods
  • Acoustic Stimulation* / trends
  • Auditory Perception / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Music / psychology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology*
  • Reaction Time / physiology