Playing a musical instrument ‘key to academic success’

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Learning a musical instrument could have as much impact on exam results as extra maths and English, research suggests

Learning a musical instrument can boost pupils' academic outcomes, research suggests

It is a truth universally acknowledged that playing an instrument helps children in many aspects of school life – well, at least in the fraternity of music teachers it is. Until recently, however, we have been in want of evidence to support our theory. These are big claims that are tricky to test: it’s tremendously hard to prove that instrumental music-making trains and increases a child’s cognitive capacity; that commitment to regular practice and rehearsal can have effects on motivation beyond the rehearsal room; and that succeeding and failing together in an ensemble can change the way we ...

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