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The impact of instrumental music learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study

Hallam, S; Rogers, K; (2016) The impact of instrumental music learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study. British Journal of Music Education , 33 (3) pp. 247-261. 10.1017/S0265051716000371. Green open access

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Abstract

There is increasing international evidence that playing a musical instrument has a positive impact on attainment at school but little research has been undertaken in the UK. This study addresses this drawing on data on attainment at age 11 and 16 relating to 608 students, 115 of whom played a musical instrument. The findings showed that the young people playing an instrument showed greater progress and better academic outcomes than those not playing with the greatest impact for those playing the longest. The findings are considered in relation to the possible reasons for this, and the implications for education.

Type: Article
Title: The impact of instrumental music learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0265051716000371
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0265051716000371
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: music, attainment, schools, mathematics, examinations
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10092503
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