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Could learning music help pupils with maths?

14/06/2016 Joanna

After seeing success in the UK, Andrew Lloyd Webber is now launching a programme in the US to provide school pupils with musical instruments.

He launched the programme in the UK, which has seen almost 3,000 students provided with musical instruments when they start school.

Speaking of the initiative, Sir Andrew said that arts education "makes a vital contribution to children's well-being and their understanding of other disciplines".

"If you start learning music, you immediately get a grasp for maths," he stated.

A study conducted at the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children's Hospital showed that although conclusive results could not be reached to determine if learning music directly affected a person's maths skills, musicians do show increased cognitive abilities.

In addition, research undertaken at the Centre of the Developing Child at Harvard University showed that children and adults with musical training have improved executive functioning skills, which allow the brain to plan, focus attention, remember instruction and successfully juggle multiple tasks.

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