http://www.music-research.org/ The organization in the above link believes music makes you smarter, esp. in children. Some of the effects of learning a musical instrument include: - integrates mind, body and spirit. - Provides opportunities for self-expression. - develops independence. - cross-culture communication. - merges the learning process. - improves academic achievement. - exercises and develops higher order thinking skills, stimulates complex cognitive, emotional, and sensorimotor processes in the brain. - facilitates the recovery of movement and speech in neurological patients. Do you agree with the statement "music makes you smarter"?