Is music the key to compassion?
Teaching kids to play music notably increased their levels of empathy.
In a year-long program focused on group music-making, 8- to 11-year old children became markedly more compassionate, according to a just-published study from the University of Cambridge. The finding suggests kids who make music together aren’t just having fun: they’re absorbing a key component of emotional intelligence.
While not definitive, researchers note that the findings provide “more than tentative support” to their theory that intelligently structured group music-making can promote “day-to-day emotional empathy.”
It’s interesting that playing music improves empathy because, ironically, popular music has been getting more narcissistic over the years.
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