Music Instruction Improves Math Performance

From “An Intelligence View of Music Education,” Arthur Harvey, Leka Nu Hou (Hawaii), February 1997. “The Council on Basic Education conducted a study comparing the amount of time spent on the arts by schools in Germany, Japan, England, and the Read More …

Music In Our Schools Month

March is National Music in Our Schools Month, and in honor of the occasion, I thought I’d present you with a top ten list of why children should be encouraged to listen to classical music and learn to play an Read More …

Musicians Have Better Brainstems

From a study by Wong PC, Skoe E, Russo NM, Dees T, and Kraus N: Music and speech are very cognitively demanding auditory phenomena generally attributed to cortical rather than subcortical circuitry. We examined brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch and Read More …

Mozart Improves Math Scores

Published without attribution or any details in the China Daily: The latest summer camp organized by the Shanghai local government is applying Mozart’s music to improving students’ math scores.One group of student campers solved geometry problems with Mozart sonatas playing Read More …

Leveling the Playing Field

I have decided, contrary to my usual custom, to reprint this letter to Nature by researchers Martin Gardiner, Alan Fox, Faith Knowles, and Donna Jeffrey almost in its entirety, precisely because it is so succinct. Sir — It has been Read More …

Music Instruction Improves SAT Scores

Students who had 4 or more years of music instruction outperformed most other groups on the SAT exams, scoring an average of 56 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 39 points higher on the math portion Read More …

Learning to Play Piano Improves Math Skills

From a study by AB Graziano, M Peterson, and GL Shaw : It was predicted, based on a mathematical model of the cortex, that early music training would enhance spatial-temporal reasoning. We have demonstrated that preschool children given six months Read More …