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Jeslin Hancock

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors






Music -- Instruction and study, Child development, Academic achievement, Social learning, Emotional intelligence




In this literature review, the effect of music education on child development and academic success was evaluated. The claim that music education is beneficial to both child development and academic success has grown as a popular idea in recent decades. One example of this is the popular practice of having children or infants listen to classical music. This literature review aimed to evaluate this claim by examining a sample of the past ten years of research articles. The literature review was divided into two main categories: music education and cognitive development and music education and social-emotional development. Initially, it was hypothesized that the scientific literature would uphold the claim that music education is beneficial to child development and academic success, and the hypothesis was supported. It was found that music education has beneficial effects on several domains of development, some of which would benefit academic success as well. The literature supported the claim that music education positively affects academic success through extensive correlational research and research on the effects of music education on executive functions.


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