Over the last several years the focus of US education has been fixed firmly on the sciences. But research shows that the arts help children do better in all subjects and improve the likelihood that they will stay in school longer. We already spoke about Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston. Here the results have been dramatic. In just three years the students at the once-troubled school have improved their basic academic skills and many say the arts have changed their lives.
Music is one of the most ancient arts, but it's now the subject of hi-tech inquiry from scientists who wonder how music affects the brain. Researchers are using everything from simple instruments to cutting-edge brain scans to detect how music and the brain interact. They suspect that music can help improve focus and calm while also dictating mood.
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