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MUSIC TEACHERS like Kentucky's Jim Sproul aren't surprised to learn that multiple years of music lessons may be the backdrop for enhanced performance in language and literature, as shown by a recent study published in the journal Psychology of Music that linked piano lessons to better vocabulary and verbal sequencing skills. Students are "acquiring skills that serve them the rest of their lives," said Sproul, now retired. "That's why it upsets me when school systems are so quick to cut their music programs and then say it's to improve test scores." To improve scores, they should do the exact opposite! The Long Island University researchers also suggested their findings be used to support the integration of music into other subjects.

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Publication:NEA Today
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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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