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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Music Class May Improve Learning for Struggling Students

Neuroscientists from Northwestern University have released the results of a study of 40 low-income high school students

Students of "Wind Ensemble 1," rehearse in the auditorium of Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. 
Photo: Texas Tribune

The study shows that just two to three hours of band class per week led to measurable cognitive improvements related to verbal and learning skills, supporting the theory that teenagers’ brains are still in a state of development, and that interventions — even musical ones — may be helpful in increasing academic and career success. 

Additional resources
Music training alters the course of adolescent auditory development. (PDF).
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Source: Texas Tribune and The Hechinger Report