By Sarah Mihich, Marketing Intern
“Replacing music programs with reading or math instruction in our nation’s school curricula in order to boost standardized test scores may actually lead to deficient skills in other cognitive areas.”
In a recent article written by Tom Jacobs, “New Evidence of Mental Benefits from Music Training”, discusses research done at Harvard that found a link between early musical training and cognitive capacities that allow for planned, controlled behavior.
I am sure you are aware of the large amount of research supporting that education and higher test scores are somehow linked to music, but what about learning to play an instrument? Research is not clear in this aspect. There is a possible answer now from a study done at Boston Children’s Hospital that reports that musical training can increase development and maintenance of a key set of mental skills. Read more about this study here.