Educational impacts of arts and culture

This section comprises a relatively large number of studies that describe the educational impact of engaging in arts and culture. Most of the research focuses on children and young people. This includes activity within formal educational settings as well as out-of-school and informal learning experiences.

For more information about this area of research we would advise contacting the Cultural Learning Alliance or visiting ArtsEdSearch (a resource specifically dedicated to research in this area).

The summaries in this category are:

Low-income children benefit emotionally from arts-integrated preschool programming

This research was conducted by Eleanor D. Brown and Kacey L. Sax at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA.

This study reports on the effects of a preschool arts enrichment programme on the emotional functioning of low-income children at risk of school problems. Results showed greater expression of positive emotions […]

By |8 March 2018|

Music can enhance children’s transition to school

This research was conducted by Shulamit Ritblatt, Sascha Longstreth, Audrey Hokoda, Bobbi-Nicole Cannon and Joanna Weston at San Diego State University, USA.
In the United States the notion that by school age ‘all children will be ready to learn’ is a national education goal. In reality this is often not the […]

By |1 March 2018|

Prolonged arts education reduces stress in children from low-income households

This research was conducted by Eleanor D. Brown, Mallory L. Garnett, and Kate E. Anderson at West Chester University and Jean-Philippe Laurenceau at the University of Delaware, USA.

Children growing up in deprived households are known to experience higher levels of physiological stress, which in turn results in a range of adverse cognitive, physical […]

By |19 February 2018|

An art museum visit can enhance students’ critical thinking skills

This research was conducted by Brian Kisida, Daniel H. Bowen, and JP Greene at the University of Arkansas, USA.
This study highlights the positive influence school visits to museums can have on the critical thinking skills of grade 3-12 students (aged 8-18). The results suggest that in some instances, disadvantaged students may […]

By |12 February 2018|

The positive impacts of active music participation for infants

This research was conducted by David Gerry, Andrea Unrau and Laurel J. Trainor at McMaster University, Canada.
To understand the developmental impact of active participation in music, this study worked with two groups of six-month old infants who attended music-based sessions with teachers and their parents. One group participated in […]

By |10 August 2017|

The effects of music training on hearing in children

This research was conducted by Asal Habibi, B. Rael Cahn, Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio at the University of Southern California, USA.
This study found that children engaged in music training had an enhanced ability to detect changes in pitch and to process sounds, compared with children who were not […]

By |3 August 2017|

Playing a musical instrument increases educational attainment

This research was conducted by Philip Yang at Eberhard Karls University, Germany
This research used a survey of German teenagers to investigate the relationship between educational attainment and playing a musical instrument, either in early childhood or during one’s teenage years. The survey asked a sample of 17 year-olds a […]

By |2 March 2016|

Group music training improves children’s pro-social skills

This research was conducted by E. Glenn Schellenberg, Kathleen A. Coriggall, Sebastian P. Dys and Tina Malti at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

This study investigated whether group music training in early childhood is associated with improved pro-social skills. The researchers followed 38 Canadian eight- and nine-year olds over […]

By |14 January 2016|

Can arts in education prevent high school drop outs?

This research was conducted by M. Kathleen Thomas, Priyanka Singh and Kristin Klopfenstein at Mississippi State University, Citigroup and the University of Northern Colorado, USA
In America it has been shown that those who complete high school have less trouble finding jobs, earn higher wages, often have better health and […]

By |21 December 2015|

Singing can facilitate foreign language learning

This research was conducted by Karen M. Ludke, Fernanda Ferreira and Katie Overy at the University of Edinburgh and the University of South Carolina, USA
This research examines the phenomenon of language acquisition. The paper concludes that ‘a ‘listen-and-sing’ learning method’ can improve verbatim memory for spoken foreign language phrasing. This […]

By |11 December 2014|