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‘Music Makes Kids Smarter’ at Multicultural Arts Center

Angelica “Jelly” Soza will be presenting her lecture, “The Impacts of Music on Children’s Academic Performance,” on Thursday, April 18, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center in downtown Merced.

There is a longstanding claim that music makes people smarter, but does it really?

Join music supporters for an engaging evening filled with music and fun, including: performances by local Merced bands, and special guests. Light refreshments and cookies will be served. Free and open to everyone!

Soza is a 4th-year undergraduate researcher at UC Merced pursuing a double major in Cognitive Science and Psychology. She is a research assistant in the CRADL lab at UC Merced and recently presented her summer research “Music Makes You Smarter: Impacts of Music Lessons on Math Performance in School-Age Children” at the International Convention for Psychological Sciences (ICPS 2019) in Paris, France.

Angelica researched the impact of music on children’s math test scores and also analyzed biological sex differences over a 5-year period. After analyzing the NCES ELCS K-4 data set, results show differences in math scores depending on how much music exposure a child received and further analyses show differences between biological sex and math performance.

These results can help support the importance of music in children’s curriculum.

The goal of this event is to bring together academic research, the local Merced community, UC Merced, parents, educators, and anyone interested in how music has an impact on children’s academic abilities.

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