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Emily Eystad wowed the audience with "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" this holiday season. "I connect," she said of music. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Music sends kids on a path of lifetime enrichment

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Piano teacher Liz Shaw composes an eloquent cantata of music's benefits.

Music makes you smarter, she simply asserts.

"Playing music can have a powerful force on a developing brain," she said. Scientific studies support this. New research suggests just a few years of musical training in childhood can improve how the brain processes sound in adulthood, leading to better listening and learning skills.

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