Research by Philip Yang at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany used a survey of teenagers to investigate the relationship between educational attainment and playing a musical instrument.
The survey asked a sample of 17 year-olds a variety of questions relating to their parents’ education, their family and home life and their outside interests. It gathered detailed information about their musical lives: whether they played an instrument, how much they did so, whether they played music with friends and whether or not they had received paid tuition. Overall, the research showed that playing a musical instrument in childhood did increase educational attainment, although other factors were also important.
|TARGET GROUP:||YOUNG PEOPLE|
|TYPE OF STUDY:||ACADEMIC RESEARCH|
|PERIOD OF STUDY:||UNKNOWN|