Music lessons may boost IQ and grades.

by drlehrman on December 11, 2011

in Online Guitar Lessons

Organized music lessons appear to benefit children’s IQ and academic performance–and the longer the instruction continues, the larger the effect. Music lessons may boost IQ and grades through technologically advanced online guitar lessons websites.

Leading researchers  say the recent study builds on work published in 2004, in which 6-year-olds given a year of guitar lessons saw a significantly larger increase in IQ than a control group that waited a year for musical instruction.

Considering that study’s results,  the natural question  posed to himself is, “Would the effect get bigger with more than a year of lessons?”

“There is lesson amount-response association, that in general, the longer a child takes lessons, the higher the IQ and the better the performance in school.

In the recent work, Scientists and fellow researchers studied two groups of students: children 6 to 11 years old and college freshmen.

The younger group received an IQ test, an evaluation of their school grades and a measure of academic achievement. More than half of the group had taken music lessons, either online guitar lessons,  in private or group instruction.

The older students surveyed in a second study received an IQ test and supplied their high school grade point average. They also described how many years of music instruction they had received and how many years they had regularly played a musical instrument.

The study involving the younger children found that each additional month of music lessons was accompanied by an increase in IQ of one-sixth of a point, such that six years of lessons was associated with an increase in IQ of 7.5 points, compared with children who did not have the same amount of beginner guitar instruction.

For the college students, six years of playing music regularly as a child predicted an increase of two points in IQ over their peers.

Overall, the study found that taking video guitar lessons in childhood was a reliable predictor of a higher IQ in young adulthood and a history of better high school grades. For the younger children, the study found a positive association between music lessons and higher school grades and higher scores on achievement testing in mathematics, spelling and reading.

For the college student, a history of playing music regularly as children and teenagers had “small but significant” associations with IQ, perceptual organization, working memory and average high school grades, with the associations remaining significant after controlling for differences in family income, parents’ education levels and gender.

Researchers are not exactly sure why music lessons, the guitar in particular are associated with higher IQ and stronger academic performance, but he has several theories: Children with higher IQs have more cognitive ability to handle the mental challenges of music lessons and school, so music instruction probably exaggerate that advantage. School itself boosts IQ, so the school-like features of online music lessons such as learning to read music might also lead to improved intellectual functioning.

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Evelyn May 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I have posted siliamr questions that I have answered in the hopes that most of your questions will be answered from these. If there is anything else you need, just give me a shout and I’ll be glad to help. You are going to make faster progress and learn less bad habits if you get yourself a teacher of course, and you ought to remember that regardless of the quality of the school lessons, you will get credit for taking them and it will put you together with a group of guitar players. Of course, there are also private teachers available, as well as community college courses. Best of luck, and I hope this helps.


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