"Research suggests strong connection between learning an instrument and learning to talk, listen and read" carried out by Northwestern University.
A scientific study has suggested there's a strong link between children learning to play a musical instrument and developing better communication skills.
The research implies that a musical education could be more valuable to educational development than many authorities believe.
The study was carried out by Northwestern University, who took high school students from Chicago and placed half in a standard course, and the rest in a musical training programme.
The results indicate that those who were taught to play music showed faster response times when it came to interpreting speech – and also showed improved reading ability.