This is a guest post by Dr. Anita Collins. Anita is an award-winning Australian educator, academic and researcher in the area of music education, particularly in the impact of music education on cognitive development. Anita is a communicator, a conduit between neuroscientific researchers, music educators, musicians, parents and the general public, and works to update our understanding of the purpose and benefits of music education to overall cognitive development and health. In 2014 Anita was involved with the TED.com network through two project; as author of a short animated film for TED Ed and as a presenter at TEDx Canberra. Both of these projects have been very well received with the TED Ed film reached 14 million and TEDxTalk reaching 1 million views to date. You can read more about Anita and her work here.
This title could lead you the think that this article is going to be along the lines of “your child can do anything if they put their mind to it”. Well it is and it isn’t, but I will let you decide where you stand on the question of musical talent after you finish reading.