A study by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is the first of its kind to show a connection between musical rhythm and grammar. It suggests that a child’s ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar.
Anita Collins, the well-known Australian music educator and researcher, presents the case that music education could raise the country’s literacy scores.
In this article on the Musicstage website, Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen, both parents of a young musician, look at whether learning music really can make a difference to childrens’ futures.
A study by Dr Nina Krauss and Dana L Strait at Northwestern University concludes that musician children and adults demonstrate biological distinctions in auditory processing relative to nonmusicians.