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June 26, 2019 Wednesday 12:16:48 PM IST

Learning Music Helps in Scoring Better in Maths, English and Science in School

Photo Courtesy: Music by Panca Okta

A new study has revealed that students who learn music and become part of an orchestral music or band in school fare better in maths, science and languages.

The results were based on an analysis of more than 100,000 Canadian students who started their first grade between 2000 and 2003. Out of the 112,000 students who had completed their 12th grade, it was found that those who had been learning music for years were ahead of their peers in English, Maths and science skills compared to those who hadn't learned music. Out of the sample surveyed 13% had undergone music courses in concert band, piano, orchestra, Jazz band, concert choir and vocal jazz. Learning a musical instrument is demanding and one also needs to read music notation and develop eye-hand-mind co-ordination apart from developing listening and team skills.

Therefore, learning music and becoming part of the school choir or band involves developing a variety of skills as to match the high expectations of performance. Many schools do not spend resources on hiring trained musicians and educators, or on buying musical instruments. Instead more resources are pumped into teaching of Maths, Science and languages. However, the researchers now point out that integration of music into curriculum and helping students be part of a band or orchestra in school can lead to a more holistic learning and better academic achievements.

Source: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/edu-edu0000376.pdf.