The researchers found that "the same ingredients that are important for reading are strengthened with musical experience. Musicians have highly consistent auditory-neural responses".
The study suggested that the emphasis on rhythm experienced in musical training can exercise the auditory-system, in turn creating stronger sound-to-meaning associations such as those essential for learning to read.
Additionally children in the study who were poor readers had a great deal of difficulty accurately tapping a rhythm along with a metronome.
Read more on the research via BBC News.
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