Middle School Music Lessons Enhance Algebra Skills: Study

Can studying music really help students increase their SAT scores? Here’s an interesting study that seems to lend at least some support to that conventional wisdom. It points out that middle school students who received instrumental instruction scored the highest on a high school algebra assessment exam.

Researcher Barbara Helmrich conducted the study and concluded that algebra scores were influenced the most by “formal instrumental instruction.” She added,“Choral instruction also affected scores, but to a lesser extent.”

Hopefully that’s news that will keep middle school music programs off budgetary chopping blocks.


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