Home Health Parents News Now Research Questions Educational Benefits of Early Music Research Questions Educational Benefits of Early Music By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 17, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_167131571 30687 In one trial, 15 4-year-olds accompanied by their parents attended six weekly 45-minute classes on musical arts and a matched group of 14 attended classes on visual arts. In a second test, 23 4-year-olds and their parents were assigned to music classes, and 22 to no classes at all. Children living with professional musicians and those already taking music lessons were excluded, and there were no significant differences between the groups in age, family income, ethnicity, parents' level of education and other factors. The results were published in PLOS One. Researchers tested the children after the classes were completed for skills in spatial, linguistic and numerical reasoning, but found no differences between the groups. The authors acknowledge that they used only one music curriculum, and that a trial with a different kind or intensity of training might produce different results. Image: Child playing piano, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Research Questions Educational Benefits of Early Music Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.