Your Kid’s Brain on Music Infographic – Updated 2015 Version

Music helps kids grow upWe’re really busy at Loog HQ working on some very, very cool new stuff we’ll be showing you shortly. (By the way, if you’re the nostalgic type, we recommend you take a long, hard look at today before we finally bid it goodbye. It’s going to be legendary!)

But while you wait, we thought it’d be cool to update one of the posts you guys have shared the most: our “Your Kid’s Brain on Music” infographic from way back when. We’ve revamped its style and design, as well as laid it out in web form so you can access all of the information in a jiffy. But, amazingly, the “info” part of it remains the same – learning to play music still plays a huge part in brain development and all of its side-effects continue to blow people’s minds today.

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Guitar Parts 101

Many Loog players are seasoned guitarists (or seasoned guitarists who got a Loog for their kids) but many others actually get a Loog to introduce themselves to the amazing world of guitar playing. We’re always talking about bridges, necks, fretboards, nuts and so on – all of these are key guitar parts that any guitar needs to effectively do its job, even the Loog.

For those who feel out of the loop once the conversation turns slightly technical, here’s a neat infographic we found online that explains what each part of a normal, six-string guitar does. The Loog works in the same way but with less strings. In any case, it’s a great guide to knowing what we mean when we talk about nuts, heads, bridges, frets and necks 😉

Click on the image to see it full-size:

Guitar PartsNew to the guitar world and there’s something else you’d like for us to explain? Ask away in the comments!


Your Kid’s Brain on Music – Infographic

We’re always sharing on Twitter and Facebook studies that show how great music is for kids, especially when they’re learning how to play an instrument. These tweets and posts are sometimes lost in newsfeeds and timelines, but what they say still remains true, sometimes even long after your kid has lost interest in the instrument.

Some things are pretty logical, such as how fun and motivating music can be. But others are pretty awesome. Did you know that people who learned an instrument when they were young are actually better at picking up foreign languages – for the rest of their lives? Another study showed that high school students involved in music actually do better on their SATs. Improvements can be seen in all portions of the tests, but guess which one gets the highest boost in scores? No, not math: the verbal portion. Amazing!

There are a lot more fascinating facts on how learning to play an instrument or studying music actually works on young minds. And for future reference, we grouped some of them all together in this neat little infographic we made:

Your Kid's Brain on Music - Infographic - The Loog Blog

Cool, huh? You can click on the image to get the full view. Let us know if you have any other little tidbit to share and we’ll research it and add it to the infographic’s next update. We also found a ton of statistics on what instruments kids prefer and how long they play them – but we’re being all mysterious and leaving that for some other time 😉

Oh, and one last thing! We know PNG infographics with unclickable sources can be heart-wrenching for those of us who love floundering around the web. That’s why we’re also putting them here: How Children Benefit from Music Education In Schools Musical experience shapes human brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch patterns Music training for the development of auditory skills Music Education Can Help Children Improve Reading Skills
Jstor: Music and Mathematics – Modest Support for the Oft-Claimed Relationship
Sage Journals: Music Lessons Enhance IQ
Taylor & Francis Online: Higher education music students’ perceptions of the benefits of participative music making
University of St. Thomas: An Investigation of Secondary School Students’ Self-Reported Reasons for Extracurricular Musical and Athletic Activities
McGill University: Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated in reward and emotion
San Marino High School Music Department: Music Education Statistics and Facts
Norman Music Institute: Kids who study music do better on SAT test