At a time when 1.3 million of the nation’s public elementary school students receive no instruction in music, preliminary studies are showing that school and community-based music instruction could possibly make a significant difference in the academic trajectory of lower-income kids. Children participating in the Harmony Project (an award winning non profit which provides free instruments and instruction to kids in underserved areas of the city if they promise to stay in school) devote 5 hours per week to their music.

They have discovered that, according to Dr. Nina Kraus, a professor and neuroscientist at Northwestern and lead researcher of the study, music instruction not only improves children’s communication skills, attention, and memory, but that it may even close the academic gap between rich and poor students.

You can read an article about this and summary of other music program research in The Atlantic.

At We Teach Science, we believe that our intervention (E-Mentoring), along with others like this are key to ensuring the academic success of all students independent of socioeconomic status and race.

 

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