Making Music Together Increases Kids’ Empathy

New research from the U.K.suggests certain types of group music-making can help kids develop empathy…


Music education produces myriad benefits, strengthening kids’ abilities in reading, math, and verbal intelligence. New British research suggests it may also teach something less tangible, but arguably just as important:
The ability to empathize.

In a year-long program focused on group music-making, 8- to 11-year old children became markedly more compassionate, according to a just-published study from the University of Cambridge. The finding suggests kids who make music together aren’t just having fun: they’re absorbing a key component of emotional intelligence.


By Tom Jacobs


Reasearch by Tal-Chen Rabinowitch  
Darwin College, Cambridge