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This is how playing a musical instrument can improve your brain

A member of the Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura holds his saxophone refurbished from recycled materials during a concert in Asuncion, June 22, 2013. The orchestra is the brainchild of its director Favio Chavez, who wanted to help the children of garbage pickers at the local landfill, and the instruments are made from salvaged materials by craftsman Nicolas Gomez. The orchestra now involves 30 schoolchildren who have toured countries in Latin America, North America and Europe to play music ranging from Beethoven and Mozart to The Beatles and Paraguayan folk songs. Picture taken June 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY - Tags: SOCIETY)

Your child could be the next Einstein and Mozart all in one. Image: REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

Dawn Rose
Researcher in the Psychology of Music and Dance, University of Hertfordshire
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