For years, researchers have been linking advanced mental capabilities in students and those who pursue music education. Researchers at Northwestern University worked to find a link by studying children in Los Angeles receiving free music education through the Harmony Project, a nonprofit organization that works to provide free music education to low income students. Researchers split the children into two groups: the first group received two years of music education by the end of the study and the second group received one year by the end of the study. What they found will help to clarify exactly what it takes for music education to impact the learning abilities of children, “we found that the brain changes only followed two years of music training,” Dr. Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, said in a press release. According to the study, music education does make a different but it is not a quick fix.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe