Mathematics - Middle School


Below is the research linking arts strategies to specific success at the middle school level in Mathematics.  Click on any of the study citations to link to a full summary of the study in ArtsEdSearch, the online database of arts education research.





  • Students enrolled in arts programming, music in particular, outperform their peers on standardized mathematics tests and are more likely to pass state math assessments (Johnson & Memmott, 2006; Walker et al., 2011). 


Skills and Competencies



  • Music education in particular helps to develop spatial skills necessary for success in mathematics such as logic, reasoning, and pattern recognition (Costa-Giomi, 1999).