Updated: Jul 3
A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas*, showed that elementary school students with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of the socioeconomic standing of the students, schools, and school districts. Johnson compares the concentration that music training requires the focus needed to perform well on a standardized test, or quiz.
In addition to improved test scores, Johnson’s study highlights the positive effects that a quality music education can have on a child’s success.
“Schools that have rigorous programs and high-quality music and arts teachers probably have high-quality teachers in other areas. If you have an environment where there are a lot of people doing creative, smart, great things, joyful things, even people who aren’t doing that have a tendency to go up and do better.”
And it doesn’t end there: along with better performance results on concentration-based tasks, music training can help with basic memory recall. Pruett goes on to say that:
“Formal training in music is also associated with other cognitive strengths such as verbal recall proficiency. People who have had formal musical training tend to be pretty good at remembering verbal information stored in memory."
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