​​Effects of music training in academic performance: a systematic review

Project: Research/Creation Project

Project Details


Background: Music has been associated with several mechanisms in neurobiology including sensorimotor and cognitive enhancements. A relationship between formal music training and learning has been proposed.
Objective: This systematic review aims to explore the effects of instrumental music training on academic performance in school-aged children.
Methods: The search strategy was performed in October 2022 in PubMed, Scopus, Medline, and Embase. Studies of children between 6-12 years, with neurotypical development, formal music training, and posterior assessment of academic performance were included.
Results: Six out of 813 studies were selected. The mean age was 7.9 years, with 394 children in music groups. Music intervention included rhythm activities, vocal training, piano, untuned percussion, music composition, melody and meter, improvisation, awareness of musical styles, and musical notation, with a mean duration of 57 weeks.
Conclusion: Children with instrumental music intervention had better performance in listening, writing, spelling, writing, vocabulary, decoding, reading, and mathematics.


academic performance
Effective start/end date10/1/228/1/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)