March 17, 2009
Music instruction helps children read
Children exposed to a multiyear program of music training display superior cognitive performance in reading skills, U.S. researchers said.
Joseph M. Piro and Camilo Ortiz of Long Island University studied children in two elementary schools -- one of which routinely trained children in music and one that did not.
All participants were individually tested to assess their reading skills at the start and close of a standard 10-month school year using the Structure of Intellect measure.
The study, published in the journal Psychology of Music, found results showed that the music-learning group had significantly better vocabulary and verbal sequencing scores than did the non-music-learning control group.