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A Population-Level Analysis of Associations Between School Music Participation and Academic Achievement

Added to website 14/02/2020. Updated 07/09/2023.

2019 research from Martin Guhn, Scott D. Emerson, and Peter Gouzouasis.

This large-scale study identified evidence of positive relationships between school music participation and high school exam scores in English, mathematics, and science using population-level educational records for over 110,000 students in British Columbia, Canada. Participation in school music (especially instrumental music) was related to higher exam scores, and students with higher levels of school music engagement had higher exam scores.

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