Here at the Two Moors Festival, we do a lot each year to support music education in the south-west of the UK, doing workshops in schools, running our Young Musicians Platform Competition and many other initiatives.
And we’ve just come across a new study conducted by the American Psychological Association that suggests that through such training – be it classical music or otherwise – disadvantaged children can give their language and reading skills a serious boost.
As lead author of the study Nina Kraus says: “Research has shown that there are differences in the brains of children raised in impoverished environments that affect their ability to learn. While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap.”
Many of the pupils that took part in the piece of research are part of the LA-based Harmony Project, which offers instruments to students who rehearse or take musical lessons totalling over five hours a week.
Do you think music helped you be a better student?
To find out how the Two Moors Festival helps to support music education in the south-west, visit our website today.