Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Interesting Article

Here is a link to an interesting article about an experiment to see if learning to play the violin will improve student test scores.

There are already several studies linking music study to high test scores, but many of these students can't link the high scores directly to the study of music. As the article points out, many students studying music come for more affluent areas, and have greater resources which could lead to higher test scores. Also some of these studies simply show a correlation between high test scores and music students - but this doesn't mean the music study caused the high scores. Maybe students who do better on tests just happen to choose music.

This study looks like it would do a better job proving the cause and effect relationship. It will be interesting to read about this when it is further along...