Want to make your kids better people?

Here’s new that will be music to your ears.

Have them play instruments or sing together. A new study says playing instruments and singing together will make them more empathetic and allow them to more easily emotionally identify with others.

Cambridge University’s Centre for Music and Science studied several dozen children between 8 and 11 years old, and found those who participated in games in which they played instruments and copied each other’s movements and phrases to make synchronized music had higher levels of empathy than the kids who hadn’t engaged in such activities.

Researchers believe music gave children “an understanding of each others’ intentions through a common aim and experience,” thus leading to more empathy between them. As a result, the scientists said music-group sessions could be instituted in schools to make kids more considerate of one another.

[BBC]