A MAJOR NEW STUDY CONFIRMS THE ACADEMIC BENEFITS OF MUSIC EDUCATION

| June 26, 2019

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Clearly, the notion that music education is an expendable frill has yet to die, even as the research showing a link between musical training and academic achievement keeps getting stronger. In February, that association was demonstrated in a rigorous study of 30,000 Miami middle-schoolers. Now it has been confirmed in an even larger (and open-access) study of 112,000 students in British Columbia. The latest study finds that high schoolers who take music courses have higher test scores than their peers in three core subjects.

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