Music lessons improve children’s cognitive abilities & academic performance

Findings from new research conducted in the Netherlands show that structured music lessons have a significant and positive effect on a child’s cognitive abilities, improving verbal intelligence, inhibition and planning skills.

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The study which followed 147 children from six schools over a 2.5 year period, was undertaken in response to the increasing disappearance of music from school timetables in countries across the world:

“Despite indications that music has beneficial effects on cognition, music is disappearing from general education curricula,” said lead author Dr. Artur Jaschke, who is a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “This inspired us to initiate a long-term study on the possible effects of music education on cognitive skills that may underlie academic achievement.”

Read their findings and the full article here

Sources: 
Music Education Works: https://musiceducationworks.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/music-lessons-improve-childrens-cognitive-skills-and-academic-performance/ 
Frontiers: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2018.00103/full

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3 thoughts on “Music lessons improve children’s cognitive abilities & academic performance”

  1. Great collection of articles on childhood music! Keep up the good work

    Richard Lawton I Director I Ignite Coaching Australia Pty Ltd

    M: 0401 555 498 E: richard@ignitecoaching.com.au W: http://www.ignitecoaching.com.au

    From: Community Music Victoria Reply-To: Community Music Victoria Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018 at 5:04 pm To: Richard Lawton Subject: [New post] Music lessons improve children¹s cognitive abilities & academic performance

    WordPress.com CMVic posted: “Findings from new research conducted in the Netherlands show that structured music lessons have a significant and positive effect on a child’s cognitive abilities, improving verbal intelligence, inhibition and planning skills. The study which followed “

  2. Paul
    The continuing disappearance of music from schools curriculum is yet another example of making young people consumers of other already produced products, instead of creating your own. The Creative Arts in schools were more prevalent decades ago, but continue to be whittled away as data gathering on academic subjects rules the roost more and more.
    Schools offer students the opportunity to learn to play an instrument by engaging a private instructor to come to the school to teach and parents have to pay them for the experience.
    Playing a CD in the classroom and getting the students to sing along doesn’t constitute a music program.

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