The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective

Smart Baby at CollegeIn 2008 Cindy Zahn wrote a paper titled, The Correlation Between Music and Math: A Neurobiology Perspective.

Here is an excerpt from this well researched and nicely written article that shows the connection between listening, or being taught music, at a young age and developing an aptitude for math:

“It turns out that there is much evidence that supports the positive effects of music on one’s ability to do math. Most research shows that when children are trained in music at a young age, they tend to improve in their math skills. The surprising thing in this research is not that music as a whole is enhancing math skills. It is certain aspects of music that are affecting mathematics ability in a big way. Studies done mostly in children of young age show that their academic performance increases after a certain period of music education and training. One particular study published in the journal ‘Nature’ showed that when groups of first graders were given music instruction that emphasized sequential skill development and musical games involving rhythm and pitch, after six months, the students scored significantly better in math than students in groups that received traditional music instruction.”

Read more from this paper at Serendip Studio –  http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1869 .

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