Music training and mathematics achievement

Adolescence. Winter 1999;34(136):759-61.


Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) mathematics scores of eighth graders who had received music instruction were compared according to whether the students were given private lessons. Comparisons also were made between students whose lessons were on the keyboard versus other music lessons. Analyses indicated that students who had private lessons for two or more years performed significantly better on the composite mathematics portion of the ITBS than did students who did not have private lessons. In addition, students who received lessons on the keyboard had significantly higher ITBS mathematics scores than did students whose lessons did not involve the keyboard. These results are discussed in relation to previous research on music training and mathematics achievement.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement*
  • Adolescent
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mathematics*
  • Music*