First large-scale, long-term study proves the cognitive benefits of music education! Yipee!
“Research on the effects of music education on cognitive abilities has generated increasing interest across the scientific community. Nonetheless, longitudinal studies investigating the effects of structured music education on cognitive sub-functions are still rare. Prime candidates for investigating a relationship between academic achievement and music education appear to be executive functions such as planning, working memory, and inhibition.”
Read the study, including method, results and a discussion, here.