What every parent, teacher, pupil and educator should know……….
Music aids memory, haven’t you heard?
A German study has found that young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.
An 18-month study, led by Ingo Roden of Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, has confirmed research conducted in Canada and Hong Kong that training in a musical instrument improves children’s speech and language processing.
Writing in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the German researchers report that no similar effect to that of music training was found for children taking an enriched academic curriculum.
The study featured seven- and eight-year-old children (37 boys and 36 girls) recruited from seven primary schools scattered around Germany. Twenty-five received special music training above and beyond the basic school curriculum.
They participated in weekly 45-minute lessons where they played the instrument of their choice – guitar, violin, cello, flute, trumpet,
clarinet or drums – and received tuition, with no more than five in a group. They also practised at home.
Another 25 children,