Children’s maths and algebra improves with early piano practice, study suggests

A new study suggests that piano lessons taken in the pre-school years can help children excel long-term in maths such as calculus and algebra.

According to the study conducted by Barbara M. Burns and her research team at the University of Louisville’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, preschoolers learning to play the piano showed significant gains in visuo-spatial intellect — the ability to form mental images, visualize graphic representations, and recognize relationships of various objects to one another — each the essential building blocks for subjects like calculus and physics.

I started playing the piano ‘by ear’ very early on, and started lessons at the age of 5 or 6. I neither excel nor flop at maths. It’s an interesting study.

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