A longitudinal study on children's music training experience and academic development

Hua Yang, Weiyi Ma, Diankun Gong, Jiehui Hu, Dezhong Yao*

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This study examined the relation between long-term music training and child development based on 250 Chinese elementary school students' academic development of first language (L1), second language (L2), and mathematics. We found that musician children outperformed non-musician children only on musical achievement and second language development. Additionally, although music training appeared to be correlated with children's final academic development of L1, L2, and mathematics, it did not independently contribute to the development of L1 or mathematical skills. Our findings suggest caution in interpreting the positive findings on the non-musical cognitive benefits of music learning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5854
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2014

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Copyright the Author(s)2014. First published in Scientific Reports, Vol. 4, article no. 5854, pp. 1-7. The original publication is available at http://doi.org/10.1038/srep05854. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.


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