British researchers suggest playing classical music for your child can boost concentration and self-discipline, even improve language and social skills.

The London scientists say that music increases their pupils' listening power, musical knowledge, aspirations -- and, in some cases, their language skills.  That's music to the ears of Rice associate professor Anthony Brandt.

“The one asterisk that I would put is, it doesn't matter what kind of music it is,” Dr. Brandt says.  “It's not just classical music that's helping children learn language, it's exposure to any kind of music.”

Brandt teaches composition and theory.  He does point out the British study wasn't double-blind, so the results are only anecdotal, but they do confirm what many American educators have thought for a long time.

London researchers say having your child listen to classical music offers many benefits, not the least of which are improvements to language and listening skills.  Rice associate professor Dr. Anthony Brandt says classical music has every means of holding human attention.

“Contrast, surprises, delayed gratification, intensification, long waits for stuff to come back, and more,” he says.  “In terms of holding your attention and developing long-term concentration, I would imagine that classical music is extremely valuable.”

Brandt says classical music and jazz expose the listener to creativity that repetitive modern music doesn't.