Monday, February 23, 2015

Why Music Education Actually Matters

A great article on the benefits of music education on Trust Me, I’m A Scientist, a non-commercial “music magazine for people who make music” by Blake Madden, writer and musician. The author asks the central question "Why do we need music education anyway?" and provides a lot of evidence that in fact in order to improve the reading, science, and math skills of our children, and to improve their overall chances in life, we should be providing them with more music education, not less of it.
He also quotes Thomas Südhof, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine who when asked about his most influential teacher in an interview with The Lancet, he said: “My bassoon teacher, Herbert Tauscher, who taught me that the only way to do something right is to practice and listen and practice and listen, hours, and hours, and hours.
And if you listen to the voices of the kids in this first promotional video below by VH1 Save The Music Foundation this is exactly what you will hear: “Music is challenging” “With an instrument, you have to be very focused, and that’s the same with schoolwork”“Drums just make me concentrate”.

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