Does music really make kids smarter?

learning music may not be as beneficial to academic performance

Learning music may not be as beneficial to academic performance as previously thought. (Getty: UniversalImagesGroup)

Studies claiming that playing music gives youngsters an academic boost have circulated for decades, but now their results are being called into question.

Researchers from Fujita Health University and the London School of Economics have compared dozens of previous studies to conclude that music in fact has no impact on students’ language or mathematics skills. The authors Giovanni Sala and Fernando Gobet spotted a pattern in the research: When participants were randomly assigned to groups who learned music and control groups who studied another skill such as dance or sports, the musical advantage vanished. Full story.

Matthew Lorenzon (ABC) / September 9, 2020

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