EXPOSING children to Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Mendelssohn at a young age can boost their concentration and self-discipline, research suggests.
Allowing pupils as young as seven to listen to classical music in primary school can have significant knock-on educational benefits, it was claimed.
The study -- by the University of London's Institute of Education -- found that children are likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years after being given an early grounding in some of history's most famous composers.
It develops pupils' listening skills, teaching them to appreciate the complexities of different genres, researchers found. But the process of listening to classical performances also enabled children to develop other skills needed for careful listening that could have an impact across the curriculum.
Teachers rated developing the ability to listen as the main benefit, followed by musical knowledge and development and boosting of concentration levels, aspirations, self-discipline and social skills.