Music participation linked to academic achievement

Music and academics

The researchers, Darby Soutgate and Vincent Roscigno of Ohio State University, analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education, and discovered that students who took music lessons and attended concerts with their parents had better scores in reading and math scores.

In their conclusion, the authors note that “music involvement is a form of cultural capital that seems to provide cognitive and social tools that help students successfully navigate the educational terrain.”

This adds  to the growing body of evidence that  music education should be part of every child’s schooling.

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