Research conducted at the University of Southern California has revealed that music education can have a positive emotional impact on adolescents.

A study was conducted by researchers to assess the effect of music on the positive growth of young people. The survey was done online with 120 students from 52 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Researchers discovered that pupils who commenced musical instruction before 8 years of age were more optimistic about their future prospects. Likewise, those who had musical instruction scored better in Positive Youth Development, a measure of adolescents’ strengths and their potential to be beneficial to society, formulated by academics from Tufts University in Massachusetts.

The pandemic has certainly had an impact on student mental health, and the stories of educational setbacks have been disheartening, according to Beatriz Ilari, an associate professor of music education at the USC Thornton School of Music and an author of the study. Ilari posits that music can be a beneficial activity to assist students in honing skills, working through emotions, building a sense of identity, and fostering connections with their school and the community.

Results of this research on the effects of music education were made public in the academic journal Frontiers of Psychology.

Music education has tremendously beneficial effects on children and adults alike. Now’s a perfect time to sign up for the music lessons of your choice with KDs. Call us at 281-828-1500 or click to learn more about our lessons.

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