Research studies from Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and around the world have proven what we know from anecdotal experience – music is good for kids.

The more kids play and perform, the more they are able to absorb the myriad of benefits, including transferable skills like self-confidence, focus, collaboration, leadership, time management, organization and more; more likely to get good grades, be on the honour roll, get accepted to university, be offered scholarships; be more well-rounded and attractive to employers both now and in the future.

Research Tuesdays links:

Arts Education and Positive Youth Development: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Outcomes of Adolescents who Study the Arts – University of Maryland

Associations between Music Education, Intelligence, and Spelling Ability in Elementary School– University of Ulm (2011)

Associations Between School Music Participation and Academic Achievement – UBC (2019)

Examination of Relationships between Participation in School Music Programs of Differing Quality and Standardized Test Results – University of Kansas (2006)

Extended Music Education Enhances the Quality of School Life – University of Jyväskylä

Group Music Training and Children’s Prosocial Skills – University of Toronto Mississauga

Longitudinal Analysis of Music Education on Executive Functions in Primary School Children – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, ArtEZ University of the Arts and the University of Amsterdam (2018)

Long-Term Positive Associations Between Music Lessons and IQ – University of Toronto

Mozart Effect, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Pleasure of Music – Laval University, Harvard University, Air Force Research Laboratory (2013)

Music and Academic Performance – Laval University, Harvard University, Air Force Research Laboratory (2013)

Music Education, Academic Achievement, and Executive Functions – University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, RTI International and Wolf Brown (2017)

Music Education Intervention Improves Vocal Emotion Recognition – University of Hull in the UK, the Levinsky College of Education and  Bar-Ilan University in Israel (2015)

Music Lessons Enhance IQ – University of Toronto Mississauga (2004)

Music Training Alters the Course of Adolescent Auditory Development – Northwestern University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Music Training and Emotion Comprehension in Childhood – University of Toronto (2012)

Music Training, Cognition, and Personality – University of Toronto Mississauga (2013)

Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in 8-Year-Old Children: More Evidence for Brain Plasticity – Aix-Marseille-Universités and the Universidade do Porto (2009)

Orff-Based Music Training Enhances Children’s Manual Dexterity and Bimanual Coordination – University of Porto and Piaget Institute (2018)

Selected Demographic Variables, School Music Participation, and Achievement Test Scores of Urban Middle School Students – Ohio State University (2008)

The Effect of a Music Program on Phonological Awareness in Preschoolers – Justus-Liebig-University (2011)

The Effects of Musical Training on Verbal Memory – University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and John Hopkins University (2008)

The Trait Emotional Intelligence of Ballet Dancers and Musicians – University of London (2006)


Fine Arts Courses Help Students Excel In Math And Science

Fine Arts Courses Help Students Excel In Math And Science

Beyond the argument that education should be designed to create a well-rounded citizen with an appreciation for a wide range of knowledge, there have been dozens of large-scale studies showing that an integrated curriculum of the sciences, humanities, and arts helps students excel in all areas of K-12 learning.

Music Teacher Played His Saxophone While In Brain Surgery

This Music Teacher Played His Saxophone While In Brain Surgery

Dan Fabbio was 25 and working on a master’s degree in music education when he stopped being able to hear music in stereo. Music no longer felt the same to him. When he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he immediately worried about cancer. Fortunately, his tumor was benign.

Family medicine music to former Oakville teacher’s ears

Family medicine music to former Oakville teacher’s ears

Medical student Paul Carr was on an internal medicine rotation at Hamilton General Hospital when he noticed someone familiar walking down the hall.

Boost Memory and Learning with Music

Boost Memory and Learning with Music | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents

Did you know you can boost memory and learning with music? When we heard a familiar song, we are often able to recall a moment from our past that is connected to that tune. Learn more on PBS KIDS for Parents.

Musician Plays Her Violin During Brain Surgery – NPR

Why one school board believes studying music is essential for all – CBC

Success in Music. Success in Life. It’s no coincidence.

The power of music: how it can benefit health – Medical News Today

The 18 Wonderful Ways Music Affects the Brain – NuMusician

Music Lessons for Children – How Kids Benefit from Music Education

20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools – NAfME

Music Makes Us research study – Nashville school board

Music Boosts Test Scores – University of Kansas

Relationships between Fine Arts Course Enrollment and Middle School and High School Academic Ratings – Texas public schools

Facts and Insights on the Benefits of Music Study – National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

How to improve the school results: not extra maths but music, loads of it – UK Guardian newspaper, about Feversham Primary Academy