The Effect of Music on Children’s Intelligence 

Studies after studies are showing that learning music can make kids smart.  When your child learns to play a musical instrument, not only does he learn how to make tunes, but he also enhances other capabilities of his brain as well:

  • A 10-year study involving 25,000 students show that music-making improves test scores in standardized tests, as well as in reading proficiency exams (Source: James Catterall, UCLA, 1997).

  • High school music students score higher on the math and verbal portion of SAT, compared to their peers (Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, compiled by Music Educators Conference, 2001).

  • The IQ’s of young students who had nine months of weekly training in piano or voice rose nearly three points more than their untrained peers (Study by E. Glenn Schellenberg, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga, 2004.)

  • Piano students can understand mathematical and scientific concepts more readily.  Children who received piano training performed 34 percent higher on tests measuring proportional reasoning – ratios, fractions, proportions, and thinking in space and time (Neurological Research, 1997).

  • Pattern recognition and mental representation scores improved significantly in students who were given a 3-year piano instruction (Dr. Eugenia Costa-Giomi study presented at the meeting of the Music Educators National Conference, Phoenix, AZ, 1998).

  • Music students received more academic honors and awards than non-music students.  These music students also have more A and B grades compared to non-music students (National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 First Follow-Up, U.S. Department of Education).

  • More music majors who applied for medical school were admitted compared to those in other majors including English, biology, chemistry and math. (“The Comparative Academic Abilites of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-focus University,” Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480; “The Case for Music in Schools”, Phi Delta Kappan, 1994)

  • Musical training before age 7 is linked with more white matter in the corpus callosum part of the brain, as well as better performance on visual sensorimotor synchronization tasks, according to a study conducted by scientists from Concordia University and the Montreal Neurological Institute Hospital at McGill University.

  • A study has found that music lessons for kids make their minds sharper when they grow older. According to study researcher Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, a neurologist at the Emory University School of Medicine,”Musical activity throughout life may serve as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain fitter and more capable of accommodating the challenges of aging. Since studying an instrument requires years of practice and learning, it may create alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as we get older.”

  • Another research study from Northwestern University concluded that music lessons taken in childhood could benefit your kid’s brain later in life, even if he does not continue taking lessons into adulthood. The researchers have found that brain responses to speech are faster among older adults who took music lessons even if they have not taken music lessons in a long time. The benefits seem to be stronger the longer a person took music lessons as a child.


We Now Teach in Woodstock!  

 Please call 519-539-3211 for our  NEW Woodstock Location.


Columbia Arts Academy New Referral Program

Refer a Friend to our new Woodstock Location and receive a FREE MONTH of 30 minute private lessons! 
Your friend will get a $25.00 discount, and you’ll get a free month ($92.00) of lessons!


Morning, Lunch, Afternoon

Private Lessons For Adults!

Did you know that parents can take private lessons for any instrument during lunch hours, mornings, and after dinner? Ingersoll Music Academy is not just for kids. If you are interested in taking lessons for any instrument,call 519-485-1213 to schedule.                            

Nearly a third of our students are adults!                                                             Half of those are complete beginners

Most adults learn much faster than the kids do! So quit telling yourself it’s too late. Having fun while learning and performing is what we are all about. Adult students are encouraged to participate in many student concerts each year! Performing is optional. No pressure, no worries, just fun!




Please welcome these  new students who recently enrolled at Ingersoll Music Academy:

Benjamin A. – Guitar

Blake M – Guitar

Ashley O. – Guitar

David S. – Piano

Hayden M. – Piano

Kaitlyn M. – Piano

Jim R. – Guitar

Brooklyn C. – Drums

Maggie M. – Drums

Abbey M. – Guitar

Sharon O. – Piano

Jackson G. – Guitar

Roberta S. – Guitar (Woodstock)



From Our Winter 2013 Concert!

If you didn’t see the pictures for Winter Concert here is the link to the pics:



We know your schedules are busy. 
That’s why we offer more lesson times than any music school in Ingersoll.

Lessons in Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboard, Bass and Accordion are offered six days a week!

Monday through Friday from 11:00 – 8:30 
Saturday from 9:00 – 4:00


 Not a student yet?

Lessons are first come, first serve; so call 519-485-1213 today to arrange your first lesson!

We specialize in lessons for kids and lessons for beginners of all ages!




Some nights are sold out for our teachers. However, if you need a schedule change, there are still limited lesson spots available. To inquire about openings for February or March please call the office 519-485-1213 or send an e-mail to





 40 King St East, Ingersoll,Ontario N5C 1G4



(Offering quality guitar,piano, bass, drum, keyboard  and accordion lessons for Ingersoll, Woodstock, Thamesford, Dorchester, Embro, Beachville and Oxford and Middlesex Counties, Ontario.)