Can Music Make You Smarter?
How well do you know your treble clefs from your quavers? If like me you have pretty much no idea, does that mean we are not as intelligent as those who are in the know?
As a child I always wanted to learn piano (women love pianists ;-)). But I never got the chance. Most likely due to my commitment level (though its improving with age).
It has long been thought that playing music makes you smarter. Countless parents have taken their children to music lessons in an attempt to improve that exam grade. Some even listen to classical music while pregnant – I think I’d have preferred some Foo Fighters!
Prof. Schellenberg, a psychologist at the university of Toronto, suggests
that this long tradition of dragging unwilling children to music lessons in an attempt to improve that exam grade is a complete waste of time.
Schellenberg has studied this link between intelligence and musical training in 130 children. He found that after taking personality factors out of the equation, this legendary relationship disappears. He concludes that, it is the child’s personality type that makes them perform well at school, not musical training.
So what do you think? Does musical training improve intelligence as a youngster? Or should we spend the money on a good old fashioned book?