Musical Study and Academics—a New Study

New research from the University of British Columbia (Canada) finds that students who study music do better academically in math, science, and English than do their peers who don’t study music.  There have been previous studies with similar conclusions, but they are often dismissed with the objection that the correlation doesn’t prove anything—maybe it’s just that the smarter students choose to study music, or that socio-economic factors determine that outcome.  This new research corrected for these factors and still found a significant effect.  Read this article in Forbes, describing the findings and the thinking around why those finders are valid. 

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