I’m always excited and nervous to see an article that cites new research supporting any of the arts as ways to increase cognitive ability or achievement. Often when teachers create arts activities to increase learning, we target a specific reading, math, science or social studies concept or skill. These activities don’t hurt, and usually enrich the learning and make it stick. However, this article again points out the foundational purpose for arts education. Arts involvement builds better brains! Early, often, and unapologetically. It’s not about how good the music or art is, it’s the process of doing the art that results in aptitude for learning.