The Musical Chest of Drawers. Music Together Blog. A UQ-led study has shown that music participation at home improves numeracy, prosocial skills and attention over and above the effects of shared book reading. The study aims to provide a comprehensive account of how Australian families use music in their parenting practices and make recommendations for policy and practice in childcare and early learning and development. In an analysis of data generated from studying more than 3, children, the UQ team investigated the associations between informal home music education for very young children and later cognitive and social-emotional outcomes. The Music Trust, which works to actively promote music education in Australia, has awarded the research team the inaugural Music Trust Award for Research into the Benefits of Music Education.