The aim of this study was to assess if a correlation exists between language learning skills and musical aptitude through the analysis of scholarly outcomes concerning the study of foreign languages and music. We enrolled 502 students from a secondary Italian school (10-14 years old), attending both traditional courses (2 hours/week of music classes scheduled) and special courses (six hours). For statistical analysis, we considered grades in English, French and Music. Our results showed a significant correlation between grades in the two foreign languages and in music, both in the traditional courses and in special courses, and better results in French than for special courses. These results are discussed and interpreted through the literature about neuroanatomical and physiological mechanisms of foreign language learning and music perception.

Correlation between musical aptitude and learning foreign languages: An epidemiological study in secondary school Italian students / Picciotti, P. M.; Bussu, F.; Calo, L.; Gallus, R.; Scarano, E.; Di Cintio, G.; Cassara, F.; D'Alatri, L.. - In: ACTA OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGICA ITALICA. - ISSN 1827-675X. - 38:1(2018), pp. 51-55. [10.14639/0392-100X-1103]

Correlation between musical aptitude and learning foreign languages: An epidemiological study in secondary school Italian students

Bussu F.;
2018

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess if a correlation exists between language learning skills and musical aptitude through the analysis of scholarly outcomes concerning the study of foreign languages and music. We enrolled 502 students from a secondary Italian school (10-14 years old), attending both traditional courses (2 hours/week of music classes scheduled) and special courses (six hours). For statistical analysis, we considered grades in English, French and Music. Our results showed a significant correlation between grades in the two foreign languages and in music, both in the traditional courses and in special courses, and better results in French than for special courses. These results are discussed and interpreted through the literature about neuroanatomical and physiological mechanisms of foreign language learning and music perception.
Correlation between musical aptitude and learning foreign languages: An epidemiological study in secondary school Italian students / Picciotti, P. M.; Bussu, F.; Calo, L.; Gallus, R.; Scarano, E.; Di Cintio, G.; Cassara, F.; D'Alatri, L.. - In: ACTA OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGICA ITALICA. - ISSN 1827-675X. - 38:1(2018), pp. 51-55. [10.14639/0392-100X-1103]
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