Want Smarter Kids? Teach Music, Not Coding, According to MIT | Inc.com

If there’s been a theme to the technology industry’s plans to reform education, it’s that every child should learn to code. This is supposed to allow children to better adapt to a world where computers are omnipresent.

However, there’s not much, if any, connection between coding and today’s point-and-click environment. Almost nobody in business, for example, requires much programming skill beyond, say, creating a spreadsheet.

This increase in brain power and functionality remains even if the child does not continue to play the instrument. “The earlier the musicians had started with musical practice, the stronger these connectivities,” says professor Simon Leipold, a co-author of the study.