Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic performance.
May 1, 2018
The first large-scale, longitudinal study adapted into the regular school curriculum finds that structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities — including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning, and inhibition — leading to improved academic performance.
The researchers conducted the study with 147 children across multiple Dutch schools, using a structured musical method developed by the Ministry of Research and Education in the Netherlands together with an expert center for arts education. All schools followed the regular primary school curriculum, with some providing additional music or visual arts classes. In these, the children were given both theoretical and practical lessons.
After 2.5 years, the children’s academic performance was assessed, as well as various cognitive skills including planning, inhibition and memory skills.
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