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Taking Up Music So You Can Hear


August 17, 2009

lady playing a guitar Anyone with an MP3 device has a notion of the majesty of music, of the primal place it holds in the human imagination. But musical training should not be seen simply as stuff of the soul--a frill that has to go when school budgets dry up, according to a new Northwestern University study. It is the first demonstration of musical training offsetting the deleterious effects of background noise, and the implications are provocative. Full Story

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