Areas developed: Attention, impulse control, working memory, cognitive flexibility
Today let’s sing and dance!
Learning how to play a musical instrument is an excellent way to improve cognitive skills and strengthen executive function. The same is true with learning how to sing a new song or engaging in a dance routine. Such tasks have multiple, complicated processes that must be negotiated simultaneously. These processes include rhythm, cadence, pitch, and tone. Any musical performance or dance routine will share these components, thereby strengthening attention, working memory, impulse control and cognitive flexibility (a person’s ability to smoothly “shift” from one task to another).