Music Lessons Make You Smarter Infographic
Want to sharpen up your mind and have fun while you’re at it? Music lessons, such as singing or guitar lessons, are much more than just a creative pastime – they can help you relieve stress, develop self-confidence, and believe it or not, even make you smarter. The Music Lessons Make You Smarter Infographic shows some of the learning benefits gained from music lessons, especially at an earlier age. Music lessons can help not only with mathematics but also with reading comprehension. Even some of the most recognized names in science and invention had some musical training.
What Do These Great Minds Have in Common?
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Isaac Newton
- Benjamin Franklin
- Albert Einstein
- Thomas Edison
- Galileo Galilei
- Condoleezza Rice
- Bill Clinton
- Allan Greenspan
- Bill Gates
- Steven Spielberg
- Neil Armstrong
They were all musicians. Coincidence? Certainly not! Scientific studies prove that music education helps to develop smarter, more successful students who grow into more productive adults.
Improved Math Skills
In a study of 96 children ages 5-7 years old, those who received 7 months of supplementary music and arts classes earned higher mathematics scores than those with the schools’ typical music and arts training.
Improved Reading Skills
In a collection of 24 studies, with sample sizes of over 500,000 high school students researchers found a strong correlation between music instruction and higher reading test scores.
In a study of 90 children ages 6-15 years old, those who engaged in music training had significantly better verbal memory. Longer training led to even greater verbal memory.
A study of 132 children were divided into 4 groups; their IQs were tested before and after with the full Wechsler intelligence test.
Full Scale IQ score before:
- No lessons 99.4
- Drama 102.6
- Keyboard 102.6
- Voice 103.8
Full Scale IQ score after:
- No lessons 103.3
- Drama 107.7
- Keyboard 108.7
- Voice 111.4
Results: Students who engaged in keyboard and voice lessons had the greatest increases in IQ.
Improved SAT Scores
A study of 500 high school students found that those who engaged in some form of music lessons scored:
- 57 points higher in verbal comprehension
- 41 points higher in math
Students who are rhythmically skilled tend to plan, sequence, and coordinate actions in daily tasks better.
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