In both the UK and the US, school music is facing continuing pressures. Yet at the same time, there continues to be growing evidence for the cognitive benefits of music learning.
Music can improve concentration in some children with ADHD
According to a team of researchers led by Florida International University, listening to music while studying may help some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Rhythm, dyslexia and reading training
Researchers in Italy find that students diagnosed with Developmental Dyslexia (DD) scored high in rhythmic abilities, as measured by rhythmic pattern discrimination tests.
Musical training can help us maintain brain health as we age
A study by staff at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and the University of Texas, raises the possibility that musical training may help offset age-related declines in brain volume in older adults.
VIDEO: Dr Nina Kraus explains the importance of music on the brain and learning
Dr Nina Kraus explains the vital role of music in learning at this ARTSpeaks event in Illinois in 2017.
Selective attention is associated with childhood music training
The results of Northwestern University research published in 2015 show that music training is related to the development of selective attention and inhibitory control.
Listening to music may improve a baby’s language skills
Adding music to a baby’s playtime may sharpen its language skills and ability to process musical rhythms, according to researchers from the University of Washington, USA.