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The Collective Voice of Scotland's Cultural Sector

Education Facts

Education Facts

  • The positive benefits of music have been explored in a wide range of disciplines. A systematic literature review by Professor Sue Hallam finds that there is a relationship between active engagement in music and cognitive, educational, social, emotional, health, physical and behavioural benefits, including improved aural perception and language skills, literacy, memory, spatial reasoning, educational attainment, educational motivation, social cohesion and inclusion, pro-social behaviour, empathy and emotional intelligence.

The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people (S.Hallam August 2010)


  • Learning through arts and culture has been shown to improve attainment across many other aspects of the school curriculum. Participation in structured arts activities increase cognitive abilities, and taking part in structured music activities improves attainment in maths.

Cultural Learning Alliance - Imagine Nation 2017