Music in Education Essay

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Music in General Education

By: Kiersten Jackson

English/101 Essay Writing

Music in General Education

There has been a large amount of debate about music in a general education setting. Many people think it is a waste of time and resources, while others state children benefit greatly from music. More often as of late, we are losing out on the virtues that music education teaches. There have been many studies that state there are links between music education and math (Graziano, Peterson & Shaw, 1999), music and standardized testing (CBSNR, 2001), as well as music and special education (MENC, 2002).However, research has determined that music is important in the lives of children, has many benefits and plays a larger role
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There are many benefits of music in an educational setting. Music has been proven to have an impact on cognitive development of students. Researchers demonstrated that brain scans of musicians have shown a larger plenum temporal (the region of the brain related to reading skills) and a thicker corpus callosum (bundle of nerves connecting the two halves of the brain) in musicians than in non-musicians, particularly in individuals who had music instruction before the age of seven. Sight reading music and playing music scores have been both proven to simultaneously activate all four regions of brain activity. (Rauscher, Shaw, Levine, Ky & Wright, 1994) There have also been studies that link a connection between math and music. For example, “A study of 237 second grade children over a three year period used piano keyboard training and newly designed math software to demonstrate improvement in math skills. The group scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children that used only the math software.” (Graziano, Peterson & Shaw, 1999) This study concluded that use of music and musical instruments can increase a student’s cognitive developments and recognition of patterns, as well as fractions and geometry. “In an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data of more than 25,000 secondary school students, researchers found that students who continue with much involvement

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