Yale University alumni Raymond Nobu Chang formerly served as the chief executive officer of New Focus Auto, a company based in Shanghai, China, which he helped become the largest automobile after-sales service operator in China. Before becoming a business executive, Raymond Nobu Chang played the violin for 12 years.
Among children and adults, the violin is one of the most widely recognized stringed instruments. While it is a beautiful instrument, what most people don’t realize is that there are numerous benefits to learning to play the violin.
One advantage of children’s playing the violin is that it expands their reading skills. According to a 2011 study by the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University, there is a positive correlation between musical training and a child’s word decoding skills. These skills are considered to be fundamental in learning how to pronounce specific words. Moreover, this study states that word decoding skills are improved because lessons also affect the child’s auditory abilities, which are necessary for proper pronunciation of words.