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From: The Wall Street Journal

Sue Shellenbarger answers readers’ questions

The Wall Street Journal:

Q: Regarding your column on how IQ can change over one’s lifetime, how can I find more information on the effects of musical training on cognitive skills at various ages? M.J.P., Hingham, Mass.

A: Three studies are available online by searching for the titles. In “Music Lessons Enhance IQ” by E. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, children who were given keyboard or voice lessons during first grade posted significantly larger gains in IQ scores at the end of the year, compared with control groups. The study appeared in 2004 in Psychological Science.

Another study by Dr. Schellenberg, “Long-Term Positive Associations Between Music Lessons and IQ,” found that the longer students took music lessons, the greater were their gains in IQ. Each additional month of lessons was linked to an increase of one-sixth point in IQ, according to the study, published in 2006 in the Journal of Educational Psychology.

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