Playing an instrument or signing benefits disadvantaged children

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Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can help disadvantaged children improve their reading skills, US research suggests. [s]BBC News[/s] reports that after a year of music lessons, the reading scores of nine and 10-year-olds held steady compared to a dip seen in those who were not taught any music. Another group of musically-trained children were found to be better at processing sounds and language. The research, led by Dr Nina Kraus at [b]Northwestern University[/b], involved hundreds of children at high schools in impoverished areas of [b]Chicago[/b] and [b]Los Angeles[/b].

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