I’ve been writing for years on the benefits of music for foreign language education.
“New research involving hundreds of students in Chicago and Los Angeles public schools finds disadvantaged children who learn to sing or to play a musical instrument show not only improved neural function but also enhanced learning abilities over time. ‘While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap,’ says Dr. Nina Kraus, a neurobiologist at Northwestern University and presenter of the research at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.”
For more information, please read the full article here.
Read here for the American Psychological Association’s press release on this research: Musical Training Offsets Some Academic Achievement Gaps, Research Says
Save the music!