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Aug 12, 2014 6:40 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Musical training appears to aid in reading and language skill development

Musical training may help disadvantaged children improve their reading and language skills.

Past studies have shown affluent children tend to do better in school than their low income peers.

However, new data out of Northwestern reveals poor children who are enrolled in music enrichment programs in school are able to close that academic gap, compared to kids with no music training.

Researchers say music alters the nervous system so we can process sounds better, which can lead to improved attention, memory, and communication skills.

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