|TARGET GROUP:||Young people|
|MUSIC TYPE:||Structured musical training|
|TYPE OF STUDY:||Academic research|
|PERIOD OF STUDY:||1 month|
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 (http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/music-education-improves-literacy-of-second-graders-3877/), 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.
Cambridge University Centre for Music & Science: