The Importance Of Music In Education

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Register to read the introduction… The possible causes of such a depressing rationale can be attributed to an abundant array of crippling variables; but rather than dwell on failures, educators and policy makers should be seeking new ingenious ideas to brighten the future of education. The infamous singer/songwriter Bob Dylan expressed the general view of policy makers regarding music in his quote, "This land is your land this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyways (Dylan)." Many of the nation’s policy makers seem focused on children’s proficiency in core areas of study, although there are some that understand the importance of supplemental programs that produce astonishing results. Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, made a remarkable statement regarding the importance of music in the curriculum.
When I hear people asking how do we fix the education system, I tell them we need to do the opposite of what is happening, cutting budgets by cutting music programs…. Nothing could be stupider than removing the ability for the left and right brains to function. Ask a CEO what they are looking for in an employee and they say they need people who understand teamwork, people who are disciplined, people who understand the big picture. You know what they need? They need musicians.
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At the launch of the project a quintet, five professionally trained musicians began visiting classrooms three to five times a week for thirty minutes. Each session the musicians spent time teaching lessons not on music itself but associating music with a variety of subjects to improve students abstract reasoning skills, motor control and cognitive development. Creating stories with sounds and helping the students make connections to speech were ways in which the musicians used their expertise to help the students learn. Although the Bolton project never collected statistical documentation of the program's success, similar programs have been evaluated in control groups and standardized test results have shown astonishing improvements (Perret, Fox). One documented study of 1,119 students from different parts of the country participating in exemplary and deficient music programs showed promising data. The students in the exemplary programs performed 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent better in math on standardized tests (Hodges, Luehrsen 76). While many programs around the country have certainly recognized that music education creates positive effects in public education, it is depressing that educators and politicians seem to disregard the

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