A study of 1,000 elementary school students across the nation found that those who had received some training in the violin performed better academically, on average, than those who had not. This suggests that learning to play a musical instrument makes children that age academically stronger.
The conclusion of this argument assumes which of the following?
A. Better academic performance can be attributed to factors other than musical ability.
B. The skills required to learn to play the violin are common to all musical instruments.
C. High academic prowess results from the skills nurtured by learning to play an instrument.
D. There is no proven correlation between musical skill and academic ability.
E. Many high-ranked schools require students to learn to play an instrument at this age.