Music Lessons Don't Make Your Kids Smarter, Harvard University Study

Published: Dec 13, 2013

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Children get plenty of benefits from music lessons – learning to play an instrument can be a great outlet for a child's creativity, and the repeated practice can teach much-needed focus and discipline. What's more, the payoff, whether it's learning a new song – or just mastering a new chord – is often a boost of self-esteem. But Harvard researchers now say that one oft-cited benefit – that studying music improves intelligence – is a myth.

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