OBU’s Music Preparatory Classes Enhance Learning Skills

It’s sure to be music to parents’ ears. New research shows that after only nine months of weekly training in piano or voice, young students’ intelligence quotients rose about three points more than their untrained peers.

The study by researchers at University of Toronto at Mississauga might confirm what music educators have sensed for a long time, said an Oklahoma Baptist University faculty member.

“The Canadian study lends support to the idea that musical training may do more for kids than simply teach them their scales,” said Conchita Hansford, director of OBU’s Music Preparatory Department. “Musical training exercises parts of the brain useful in mathematics, spatial intelligence and other intellectual pursuits.”

“With music lessons, because there are so many different facets involved  such as memorizing, expressing emotion, learning about musical intervals and chords  the multidimensional nature of the experience may be motivating the IQ effect,” said E. Glenn Schellenberg, the study’s author.

Hansford said the Music Preparatory Department is structured to help students of all ages expand their musical training.

The Preparatory Department currently is accepting registrations for fall courses. Students can enroll in a variety of vocal or instrumental programs. Classes begin on August 24. To register, or for more details, call Hansford at 405-878-2319 or register online at <a href='http://www.okbu.edu/academics/finearts/music/departments/preparatory.html'>www.okbu.edu/academics/finearts/music/departments/


Founded in 1985, OBU&rsquo;s Music Preparatory Department serves more than 350 students. The department is the largest of its kind in the state, with more than 25 instructors.

Under the umbrella of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, the Music Preparatory Department offers private piano, voice, guitar, string, wind and percussion instrument instruction, as well as class voice, keyboard readiness, keyboard concepts, string ensemble, Vocal Discovery and Kindermusik classes for babies and preschoolers.

Choral experiences are available through the Young Singers of Central Oklahoma. The YSCO choirs included are Shawnee Honor Choir, the Concert Choir, the Youth Chorale and the Apprentice Choir.