Scientists say: music lessons improve student performance

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — If you are one of those who went through the music school in your school years, you probably remember how unbearable the lessons sometimes seemed.

But if at the same time you studied well, here, perhaps, the merit of the music school was.

A new study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that students in music perform better on math, English, and science exams compared to their less musical peers.

“Students who have started to learn to play musical instruments in elementary school and went on to play in high school, not only to better cope with the testing of subjects, but they were about a year ahead of their less musical peers in some disciplines,” wrote the authors of the work.

To make this conclusion, a team of scientists analyzed data on the performance and extracurricular activities of all high school students in public schools in British Columbia (more than 112,000 students in the final sample). Moreover, the conclusions did not depend on the socio-economic status, ethnicity and prior education of schoolchildren.

Interestingly, the positive influence was more pronounced for those who learned to play a musical instrument, rather than singing in a choir, for example.

The authors of the study suggest that this is due to the need to develop many skills – from reading notes and coordination to listening and discipline – which are useful for learning in general.

By the way, data analysis also showed that simple music lessons will already be associated with improved performance , albeit not as much as in the case of a music school.


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