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Stump and Peterson advocate for music in schools in published article

Apr 11, 2024

Former SBU education professor Dr. Doug Stump and Laura Peterson (photo), assistant professor of music, published a paper titled "The Relationship between Music Instruction and Academic Performance" in the Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. 

The paper advocates for music as an essential part of school curriculums. 
From the abstract:

This review of current studies demonstrates the relationship between music instruction and overall academic performance and intelligence, mathematics, language learning, acquisition and reading, brain function and cognition, and student well-being.

Maintaining music instruction provides clear academic and developmental benefits toward meeting state-mandated performance goals while leveling the academic challenges for students of low-socioeconomic and disadvantaged groups.