How Music Helps Kids Learn

20th April 2015

A strong body of evidence supports the idea that ongoing music education helps children across a wide range of criteria, including overall academic performance. A Canadian research group from McMaster University compared two groups of six children between the ages of 4 and 6; one group took Suzuki music lessons and the other had no musical instruction. The results, which were published in the online journal Brain showed that the children who received musical instruction excelled above their peers in memory skills as well as “non-musical” abilities such as literacy, mathematics and even IQ. Read more about these effects, and the research, here.