Study: Music Lessons Improve Children’s Cognitive Skills And Academic Performance

Paying for music lessons for your child might be a very worthy investment. For a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, researchers from VU University of Amsterdam looked at 147 Dutch children, assessing their academic performance and various cognitive skills at both the beginning of the study, and again after 2.5 years of primary school. They found at the end of the study that children who received music lessons had significant cognitive improvements compared to all other children in the study. Visual arts classes were particularly valuable, as kids who took these courses showed significantly improved spatial visual and spatial short-term memory compared to students who had not received any supplementary lessons.