Musical training enhances children’s verbal intelligence

Canadian researchers from York University reported that the verbal intelligence of 4- to 6-year-olds rises after only one month of musical training. The study suggests that early music education stimulates a child’s brain, leading to improved performance in an entirely different arena – verbal intelligence.

This finding echoes the results of a 2009 study of second-graders, which found the reading skills of those who received structured musical training were superior to those of their peers. Such research suggests cutting music education to concentrate on “the basics” is based on a misunderstanding of the way young minds work.

SOURCES:

Pacific-Standard:
https://psmag.com/music-education-improves-literacy-of-second-graders-f90ef9eaa984

Psychological Science:
http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/10/03/0956797611416999.abstract

Cambridge University Centre for Music & Science:
http://cms.mus.cam.ac.uk/

BENEFIT: Verbal intelligence
TARGET GROUP: Young people
AGE: 4-6 years
MUSIC TYPE: Structured musical training
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research
NOs INVOLVED: 48
PERIOD OF STUDY: 1 month
DATE: 2011
PLACE: Canada

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