The study of E. Glenn Schellenberg is based on his own book where he described a young girl who had been taking piano lessons for a year, which led to the growth of her IQ. Therefore, the question is whether the effect would be even better with the lessons lasting for more than just a year? According to his recent scientific studies, it would. He says the child will have better success at school as his/her IQ increases.
One of the works included the participation of two groups of young people – the first one included children aged 6 to 11, and the second included college freshmen. The first group of participants received an IQ test measuring their school grades and general success. Most of them had been taking music lessons before. Meanwhile, older students also got an IQ test and afterwards provided an average high school grade. Before the survey, they spoke about taking music lessons in the past, as well as playing a particular instrument regularly.
The first study with young participants showed that the IQ of a child increased one sixth of one point compared to those who did not play any musical instrument. When it comes to students who started studying in college, their IQ increased two points over other students that had not played any instrument in the past. Therefore, the studies showed the importance of taking music lessons in childhood, as it predicted a higher IQ in older age and even good grades at school and college. Moreover, for young children, there is a definitely a connection – music lessons and their getting high grades together with the rest of excellent achievements, when it comes to Maths, Writing, Reading and Spelling skills.
In fact, college students also found the connection between their playing music regularly when they were young and having a higher IQ nowadays. Moreover, it is believed they are better at perception of importance of the organization and also have a much better memory compared to their peers. Among that, there is an association showing the significance of one family’s income, gender and education level of both parents. The scientist is not quite sure why there is a connection between music and higher IQ, although he still has a few theories. Theoretically, those young peers with higher IQ have a better cognitive ability to solve different school tasks and problems, as well as multiple mental challenges they get every single day. Moreover, school also changes the IQ by providing music lessons.