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Source: Educational Psychology
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1. Young, Laura N.
Cordes, Sara
Winner, Ellen
Arts Involvement Predicts Academic Achievement Only When the Child Has a Musical Instrument
Educational Psychology 34,7 (2014): 849-861.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Keyword(s): Academic Development; Achievement; Activities, After School; Child Self-Administered Supplement (CSAS); Children, Poverty; Family Influences; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Math); Peabody Individual Achievement Test (PIAT- Reading)

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We examined the associations between academic achievement and arts involvement (access to a musical instrument for the child at home, participation in unspecified after-school arts activities) in a sample of 2339 11-12-year-olds surveyed in the USA between 1998 and 2008. We compared the contributions of these variables to other kinds of cognitive stimulation at home (e.g. books), participation in after-school sports, and socioeconomic factors. Involvement in after-school arts was positively related to academic achievement only for those children who also reported access to a musical instrument. Access to a musical instrument predicted academic achievement independently of socioeconomic status. We consider the possibilities that the results may be indicative of differing parental attitudes in homes with musical instruments and/or a causal link between instrumental music learning and academic achievement.
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Young, Laura N., Sara Cordes and Ellen Winner. "Arts Involvement Predicts Academic Achievement Only When the Child Has a Musical Instrument." Educational Psychology 34,7 (2014): 849-861.