NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The Sweet Sound of Music

By: Kym Grinnage email

Have you ever wondered if the sweet sound of music could improve grades? Well according to a study published by E. Glenn Schellenberg, PhD., in the Journal of Educational Psychology, the results show that children who had taken regular music lessons saw increases in school grades as compared to a controlled group that did not. There are many other studies on file that support these findings, but I would bet that most of you are probably not surprised.

The study also found that taking music lessons during childhood was a significant predictor of a higher IQ in younger adults and a future history of better grades in school. In addition to the benefit of better grades, the parents of these children have the added bonus of listening to great music at all times of the day and night. Well, at least the great music part will come with time.

If you believe in the arts and want to support music in the schools, then you may want to support Art Smarts in Chesterfield County. The Chesterfield Education Foundation and the Chesterfield YMCA's would like you to bring your gently used instruments to a Chesterfield YMCA between April 29 and May 12.

And if you don't have an instrument, but you would like to help, the Education Foundation would appreciate your financial support.

Please log on to www.CPEFound.org  or call 804.379-1551 for more information about the campaign and other ways to help.

Who knows, the next Mozart or Duke Ellington may be closer than you think.

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