A nine-month study conducted at the Royal Conservatory of Music by Dr. Glenn Schellenberg (University of Toronto at Mississauga) revealed piano lessons generated higher intelligence. The activity is said to strengthen those parts of the brain employed in mathematical computation and spatial assessment. The cognitive processes in reading sheet music and playing instruments engage both the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Instrumental and vocal music is introduced to children at a preschool age. Optional piano lessons are offered to students as young as two years old. Students in the grade classes are also offered this option of private one-on-one piano lessons besides the mandatory recorder classes held every week.