The quality of a child’s music education is linked to their academic achievement.
Research shows that formal music education contributes to cognitive development. Elementary school students in higher quality music education programs saw a 20% improvement in standardized tests of English and math.*
Comprehensive musical training benefits both brain structure and brain function. Just like well-exercised muscles protect the bones and joints, reduce blood pressure and increase energy levels, music education produces bigger, better-functioning brains—a benefit to people of any age.
* Source: Johnson, CM and Memmott JE, Examination of Relationships between Participants in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results, Journal of Research in Music Education (Winter 2006), Volume 54, Number 4