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Can Playing Music Make Your Child Smarter?

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Updated on Sep 8, 2011

A National Educational Longitudinal Study showed that, high school music students have been shown to hold higher grade point averages (GPA) than non-musicians in the same school.

Because musicians usually start at a young age, changes in their brain will continue to help them as they get older. Kraus explains that with young musicians, “attention to sound is regularly practiced during pivotal periods of brain development.”

This means a young musician’s improved memory skills and faster reaction to sights and sounds will follow him to high school, college and beyond. Not to mention, music is a disciplining activity. It requires daily practice, dedication, and commitment, all skills which become helpful as he gets older and there are more distractions from school work.

“There are improvements in additional sociological behaviors,” says Professor Hodges of music’s effect on kids. “Focus of attention, positive attitude, leadership and responsibility may accrue from being involved in music studies.”

4. Playing music will improve your child’s quality of life.

According to recent studies, it was found that students who participate in school band or orchestra have the lowest levels of current and lifelong use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs among any group in our society.

“It is apparent that music can play a significant role in improving one’s quality of life,” says Hodges. “Whether there are transfer benefits from studying music or not, there is ample reason to believe that studying music for the sake of the aesthetic experiences it provides is benefit enough.”  

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