Supporting research is increasingly pointing us in the direction of music education. Please take a minute to read some excerpts from well-respected journalists, scientists, professors and philosophers. They all tell us that music is the way forward for us as well-adjusted human beings; people who are emotionally, spiritually and intellectually whole.
I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.
Frank Fitzpatrick is a multi-platinum selling Grammy record producer, a Grammy nominated songwriter, and creator of WHY Music – a multi- platform social venture designed to help people more effectively harness the power of music to improve learning, creativity and well-being.
“Music contributes substantially to every culture on Earth, and the enjoyment of music is universal. Music is an ideal tool for not only emotionally engaging students in (Common) Core subjects of STEM-based systems, but also for teaching them, and for preparing young minds with the capacity to comprehend more complex ideas as they progress.”
Joanne Lipman is a world-reknowned journalist. She is Chief Content Officer of Gannett, publisher of USA Today, and 92 other news organizations including the Detroit Free Press, the Cincinnatti Enquirer, and the Arizona Republic. She is an outspoken advocate of music education.
“Music training has been shown to activate neurological centers that improve communication ability, the ability to learn math, and boosts general cognitive ability”
“Studies have shown that there is a significant increase in the music students’ ability to process sounds,which is key to language, reading and focus in the classroom”
“Music training can reduce the academic gap between rich and poor districts. A 2011 analysis in the Journal of Economic Finance calculated that a K-12 school music program in a large suburban district cost $187 per student a year, or just 1.6% of the total education budget.”
Being in a music classroom, you’re working and harmonizing with others in unity. It forces you to get out of your comfort zone and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
The Journal of Neuroscience in a journal article dated March 11, 2009, Hyde, et. al., detail the benefits of musical training in brain development. “Musical Training Shapes Structural Brain Development.
“Studies comparing adult musicians with matched nonmusicians have revealed structural and functional differences in musically relevant brain regions such as sensorimotor brain areas, auditory areas, and multimodal integration areas.”
“Our findings show for the first time that musical training over only 15 months in early childhood leads to structural brain changes that diverge from typical brain development.”
Dr. Mitchell Robinson is an associate professor of Music Education and the chair of the Music Education department at Michigan State University. On a broadcast of “The Next Idea,” a Michigan Radio project outlining new innovations and ideas in Michigan, he outlined some profound statements about music in schools.
“Music, when taught well, provides the “antidote” to today’s “teach-to-the-test,” assessment-driven culture because music study offers the very things that employers say they are looking for in the workforce, and for what school leaders emphasize in mission and vision statements: critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving skills, and creativity.”
“Music study teaches “divergent thinking” which is the ability to see multiple solutions to a problem.”
“Innovation, Critical Thinking, Colloboration, Emotional intelligence, Resilience, Leadership, and Vision are considered beneficial outcomes of studying music.
“Music study can provide the means for students to figure out what to do, when they don’t know what to do.”
Richard Florida is an American urban studies theorist, focused is on social and economic theory. He is currently a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. From “The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent.”
“Of course, both the fundamentals and the more creative fields are crucial to our economic success. The basics are not enough, though. What we really need in order to prepare our children for the creative economy is a comprehensive education, something that takes them from aesthetics to algebra without pretending that the two are mutually exclusive. We need to see to it that, from an early age, our entire population is encouraged to develop its people skills with its multiplication tables and its creative and entrepreneurial potential with its reading abilities.” From “The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent.”
“Though it’s crucial to invest in math, science and engineering, as the president outlined in his recent State of the Union address, there are other fields that hold more promise…Prefer a more artistic career? Our economy is poised to create new forms of entertainment, from rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop to film and video games. Indeed, over the next 10 years, jobs in art, music, culture and entertainment will grow twice as many as jobs in engineering will. From “The Complete Curriculum: Ensuring a Place for the Arts and Foreign Languages in America’s Schools.”