30TH JULY 2019

Music students perform better at school than non-musicians

A new study finds a high correlation between school students studying music and performing well at maths, science and English. But is the students’ academic performance a cause or effect of studying music?

The study, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, compared the results of all students who graduated high school between 2012 and 2015 in British Columbia.

The correlation between academic performance and music study was evident even when the researchers controlled for socioeconomic background, ethnicity, gender, and their prior performance in mathematics and English, suggesting that improved academic performance is an effect of music study.

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This article was originally published by the ABC Network.

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