Posted on 10/26/2009 at 07:52 AM by Global Reach

Twelve Reasons of Music Education
 
1.              Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.
 
2.               There is also a link between music and spatial intelligence.
 
3.        Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve
           problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated 
           rules and assumptions.
 
4.           Recent studies show that students who study the arts are
more successful on standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT. 
They also achieve higher grades in elementary, middle and high school.
 
5.           A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse  
                      of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards
                      the people of these cultures.
 
6.          Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how 
          details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes
          good as opposed to mediocre work.
 
7.          In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or
          not the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or 
          not. Students learn to value sustained effort to achieve 
          excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
 
8.           Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline.
 
9.           Music provides children with a means of self-expression. 
 
10.      Music study develops skills that are necessary in the
                       workplace.
 
11.      Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear
           and to take risks.
 
12.      An arts education exposes children to the incomparable.
 
— Music Educators National Conference, www.menc.org

 

Thanks to all who teach students about fine arts. Share your ideas with one another to make each program stronger.

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