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Piano lessons help students perform 34% higher on tests

Posted by Samantha Thomas on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 @ 05:37 PM

"Research shows piano students are better equipped to comprehend mathematical and scientific concepts.

Second Graders were divided into three groups: one group received private piano lessons. A Pence FINAL 12 11 11 resized 600second group received private computer lessons. The third group received no training.

Those children who received piano lessons performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than the others-even those who received computer training. 

"Spatial-temporal" is basically proportional reasoning-ratios, fractions, proportions and thinking in space and time. This concept has long been considered a major obstacle in the teaching of elementary math and science."

Reference: Suburban Parent Magazine January 2012

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