The Importance Of Music In Musical Education

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Several factors in an individual’s social environment, such as their social network and physical health can serve to improve test scores, grade point average, class rank and SAT scores, however, other factors such as social media could possibly take away valuable study time and can distract students from their much needed studies. A student’s social network must include peers who are positively excelling in academic performance in order to be beneficiary to this student. Sports and physical activity can help increase focus. While both of those play a positive role, not all factors are so kindly on scores. Social media and low grade point averages go hand-and-hand. Different factors in a student’s social environment affect their
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In Dr. Kaus’ 2014 study, he proclaimed “While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap”. Often times, music is used for memorization. Teachers have set uninteresting things to music, such as the Preamble, to music so students will remember it. However, setting facts to music is not the only way music increases learning. In a study done by E. Glenn Schellenberg from the University of Toronto at Mississauga, discovered higher IQs in six-year-olds who received weekly voice and piano lessons. The resulting data concluded was “The children’s IQs were test before entering the first grade, then again before entering the second grade. Surprisingly, the children who were given music lessons over the school year tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups” (Brown, 2015). To increase your IQ score, joining anything musical education inclined will raise your score. Furthermore, playing a musical instrument may increase your mathematical skills (Matthews, 2011). According to The College Entrance Examination Board, "Students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math than students with no arts participation” (Decker, 2009). The statistics previous stated declares that …show more content…
According to Riley Davis from the Brown Daily Herald, “Researchers tracked female first-year college students’ use of 11 forms of social media including television, movies, music, the Internet and video games over the course of an academic year, and found that they spend nearly 12 hours a day using social media on average” (2013). This study went hand-and-hand showing that high usage of social media went with a lower grade point average than someone who spent less time on social media. “I usually switch back and forth from my homework to Facebook. I spend about 15 to 20 minutes on Facebook before I decide to switch back to my homework. It usually takes me a couple hours to finish the assignment because I’m constantly getting easily distracted,” proclaimed Fred Lomeli, a student at Southern Nevada college (Lemeli, 2013). These distractions not only take away time that could be used studying other subjects, but they cause the attention and thought process of the student to be broken. According to the Wolverine Admin, “Ninety-four percent of students use their phones in class, eight in 10 students use some sort of social media site, and now 24 percent of students use Twitter, a dramatic increase of the 16 percent reported less than a year ago” (2013). It is obvious to anyone but the naive that social media is never benevolent to your

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