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The Power of Music – an exploration of the evidence

Professor Susan Hallam's new book on the impact of music education on children and young people is now available to read free online.

Professor Hallam first published her research review on the benefits of music education in 2015. The Power of Music: a research synthesis on the impact of actively making music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people drew on research from neuroscience, psychology, education and music and set out the current understanding of the ways in which music can impact children and young people’s intellectual, social and personal development.

The findings outlined evidence of how music contributes to a range of non-musical skills such as language, literacy and spatial skills and how it can be a positive way to re-engage disaffected young people and enhance self-beliefs. Music also has beneficial effects on physical health and well-being although there is limited evidence of its impact on physical development.

The Power of Music - an Exploration of the evidence builds on Professor Hallam’s earlier publication and is jointly authored with Evangelos Himonides, Professor of Technology, Education and Music at University College London. Collating research once again from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, the book looks at music’s relationship with literacy and numeracy, transferable skills, its impact on social cohesion and wellbeing and the role that music plays in our everyday lives.