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David Gerry, Andrea Unrau and Laurel J. Trainor Active music classes in infancy enhance musical, communicative and social development Developmental Science 15

Article first published online: 7 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2012.01142.x

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Previous studies suggest that musical training in children can positively affect various aspects of development. However, it remains unknown as to how early in development musical experience can have an effect, the nature of any such effects, and whether different types of music experience affect development differently. We found that random assignment to 6 months of active participatory musical experience beginning at 6 months of age accelerates acquisition of culture-specific knowledge of Western tonality in comparison to a similar amount of passive exposure to music.

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