Thursday, June 11, 2009

Music and Math

There is no longer any doubt that there is a significant link between early music instruction and cognitive growth in certain other, “nonmusical” abilities, such as math, memory, and spatial-temporal reasoning. In fact, studies focused specifically on music for young children even suggest that these cognitive gains increase according to the number of years that students engage in active music learning, and even that the younger children are when they begin, the greater the gains will be!

For more detail see:

The Impact of Music on Mathematics Achievement by Deanne Kells, M.A.

Discovering Mathematics Through Music by Heidi Gilman Bennett

Monday, June 1, 2009

Music and Social-Emotional Development

Music & Social-Emotional Development Research demonstrates that involvement in music and movement activities from an early age helps children develop good social and emotional skills. Research also links social and emotional development with school-readiness and even with higher academic testing scores. It's no surprise. After all, the same skills that foster emotional security and social success - skills like confidence, curiosity, cooperation, self-regulation, and good listening - predict cognitive achievement and academic success as well. For more information visit: .

by Molia Dumbleton, M.A., M.A. and Heidi Gilman Bennett