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Music and Academic Achievement

“The Impact of Music on Childhood Adolescent Achievement”

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Exposure to music, both in and out of school, is tied to higher student achievement in mathematics and reading, though involvement with music varies among children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, a studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader has found.

The researchers found academic gains even after controlling for prior school achievement and other factors, such as exposure to books at home. The research, slated to be published in Social Science Quarterly this month, was conducted by Darby E. Southgate and Vincent J. Roscigno, both of Ohio State University. The authors drew on data for elementary and secondary school students from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study and the National Education Longitudinal Study, two data sources collected by the U.S. Department of Education.

Vol. 28, Issue 23, Page 4

Published in Print: March 4, 2009, as Music and Academic Achievement
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