Well, it all depends on exactly what you mean. If you take a school's orchestra, usually their exams results will be better than the whole school average. This is for a variety of reason. Firstly, many of the skills needed are the same for music as maths and science.
(Original post by Alro)
i don't play any instruments (although i did play the trumpet somewhat unsuccessfully for a year) and am doing very well at school thank you very much. they might do better in music lessons i suppose. i guess it's just a question of playing to your strengths wherever they lie. hence why i gave up music, DT, art etc as soon as legally possible!
Most people, including most non-professional musicians, are really not particularly talented. In art you have to have fresh ideas and real spark - in music, if you work hard enough, for long enough ANYONE can reach grade 8. It's only above that that people really need flair.
So the kids that are good at music tend to have...
a) supportive parents. If you don't play an instrument, this does not mean your parents hate you etc but you have to admit, forking out cash (and it always costs) shows a parental interest in education and happy family circumstances which will help improve academia.
b) tenacity. Even Mozart had to practise. Practising is like studying. People who can study one thing can study another so your average good musician will have good study skills
c) menal agility. They have done studie on this. I'm not sure, but apparently it does raise IQs. (although I'm not convinced by IQs)
d) stress. Music performance is stressful so musicians learn how to perform under stress - so they do well in exams. Also, playing helps them calm themselves.
Musical kids o tend, on average, to do better at school. The question is does the music make tem smart or is it the smart kids that do music? I tend to favour the later.
PLEASE, LET ME REITTERATE - I'M NOT SAYING NON MUSICIANS ARE THICK. I KNOW YOU ARE NOT. I KNOW YOU CAN COME UP WITH EXAMPLES. I AM TALKING ABOUT AVERAGES OVER THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.