Can music make you the next Albert Einstein?

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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Music enhances our creativity and intelligence.

Have you ever heard someone say “c’mon, it’s not rocket science” after you make a basic mistake? Well, according to a study from Michigan State University (MSU), you’ll never hear that phrase again if you engage in music, woodwork, and metalcrafting! Children who participated in these kinds of activities were apparently more likely to create new inventions, form companies, and contribute to scientific research later in life.

Their study was surprisingly simple. All the researchers did was examine 82 people who graduated from MSU’s Honors College with a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. According to the results, 93% of the graduates engaged in music when they were young and continued the creative activity throughout their lives!

This wasn’t the only impressive correlation (link between two things) that the MSU researchers discovered, either.  Around 42% of individuals who worked with metal, photography, woodworking, electronics, computers, architecture, dancing, acting, and creative writing, were more likely to be successful in life. “High achievers in general, and those individuals most likely to found companies and make inventions in particular, have acquired a set of arts and crafts skills to which the average person is never even exposed,” points out the study.

The researchers say this evidence should encourage schools not to cut back music and art departments for their students, because they will also lose the opportunity to teach creative thinking to young children.

Featured image courtesy of kodomut on Flickr. Image of piano kid courtesy of woodleywonderworks on Flickr.