In the News: How Learning a Musical Instrument Increases Brain Power

A 4th grade student learns to play the xylophone

New studies from MIT and the University of Zürich show that when it comes to teaching kids, it’s music—not coding—that actually has long term transferable developmental, cognitive, and academic benefits.

According to a summary of the January 2021 study conducted at the University of Zürich, musicians’ brains were found to be “vastly more structurally and functionally connected than non-musicians,” including areas of the brain known to be involved in the control of higher cognitive functions like memory and executive functions. Read more in the article “Want Smarter Kids? Teach Music, Not Coding, According to MIT” from Inc.

Music education is a core part of our curriculum in every grade, with singing, drumming, and recorder playing intentionally integrated into our everyday rhythm. All students in grades 3-8 also learn to play the cello, viola, or violin through our String Ensemble program.

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