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New Study Suggests Music Education Aids Cognitive Development

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Jul 08, 2016

Music education accelerated the cognitive development—including the ability to process sound and language—of a group of young children in Los Angeles, according to research recently published by the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.

According to the abstract for the report, “After two years, we now observe that children in the music group, but not in the two control groups, show an enhanced ability to detect changes in tonal environment and an accelerated maturity of auditory processing as measured by cortical auditory evoked potentials. Our results suggest that music training may result in stimuli specific brain changes in school aged children.”

The results were published after a 5-year longitudinal study that was conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. According to Education Week, “The researchers began following 45 children, all from economically disadvantaged, bilingual households (most are Latino, one is Korean) in Southern California, starting when the children were 6 and 7.” Ultimately, the data suggested that students who had received music instruction had more-developed auditory pathways, which could give them a greater ability process speech and language. The authors argue that these developments could have a positive impact on the students’ academic success.

Read the full study here.

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