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Benefits of music education are reinforced in a new publication

Internationally renowned Professor Susan Hallam MBE, UCL Institute of Education, has put forward compelling new evidence for the benefits of music education in a new research review commissioned by the Music Education Council (MEC) and published by the International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc).

This research provides the basis for the argument that every child and young person should have access to quality music making opportunities and supports calls for schools to ensure that all pupils receive a thorough, broad and high quality music education.

Professor Susan Hallam, MBE said: “The research shows there is compelling evidence for the benefits of music education on a wide range of skills including: listening skills which support the development of language skills, awareness of phonics and enhanced literacy; spatial reasoning which supports the development of some mathematical skills; and, where musical activities involve working in groups, a wide range of personal and social skills which also serve to enhance overall academic attainment even when measures of intelligence are taken into account.

“The benefits are greatest when musical activities start early and continue over a long period of time. The teaching of music must also be of high quality for the benefits to emerge. If the quality is poor then the benefits will not be evident.”

Download the Executive Summary (12 pages) or Full document (178 pages).

 

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