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Music will make your kids smarter, here’s why

Author John Thompson
Submitted 10-02-2011

It is widely known that musical talent boasts plenty of perks. Whether it be used to relax or attract women, learning how to play an instrument certainly pays off in the long run, and it seems as though it can help out with raising children as well. A new study indicates that children who take music lessons performed better in school than those who don't.

According to Men's Health magazine, the study was conducted by researchers at Long Island University, and focused on a group of second graders who were taking piano lessons twice a week through the school. What they found was that the students who took lessons typically fared well on vocabulary tasks. Scientists believe it has to do with improved listening abilities.

"The piano students improved their listening skills with music, and that may have helped them hear and store vocabulary words more efficiently for future use," study author Joseph Piro told the news source.

While your son or daughter may not necessarily become the next Mozart or Kurt Cobain, the benefits of reading music cannot be overlooked. According to the Florida Music Educators Association, the art is among the most important criteria colleges look for when admitting students.