The Importance of Music


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The Importance of Music

  1. 1. • Youth who participate in music programs tend to have larger vocabularies and higher abilities in reading and math comprehension • Participating in a music program is known to help youth with challenges like ADHD, Autism, FAS cope better in noisy or high stimulus areas and trains the brain to be able to focus better.
  2. 2. • Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body. Music tones the brain for auditory fitness and allows it to decipher between tone and pitch. • Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school, and pursue further education. • In the past, secondary students who participated in a music group reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs).
  3. 3. • Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work. • Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. • Music provides children with a means of self- expression. Everyone needs to be in touch at some time in his life with his core, with what he is and what he feels. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
  4. 4. "With music lessons, because there are so many different facets involved--such as memorizing, expressing emotion, learning about musical interval and chords--the multidimensional nature of the experience may be motivating the [IQ] effect," said E. Glenn Schellenberg, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga, author of two studies on benefits of musical training
  5. 5. • Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace. It focuses on "doing," as opposed to observing, and teaches students how to perform, literally, anywhere in the world. • Employers are looking for multi-dimensional workers with the sort of flexible and well rounded intellects music education helps to create while students learn to better communicate and cooperate with one another.
  6. 6. • Schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education who average 72.9 percent graduation and 84.9 percent attendance. • Much like expert technical skills, mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to high earnings.
  7. 7. • Columbia University conducted studies that revealed that youth which participate in music and arts programs are more cooperative with their teachers, caregivers and peers It also showed they have higher levels self-confidence, and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas. • Elementary age children who are involved in music lessons show greater brain development and memory improvement within a year than children who receive no musical training. • Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain breaks down and understands human language, making music students more apt to pick up a second language.
  8. 8. • Youth who participated in music programs received more honors and awards for academics than non-music students. These youth also had better overall grades compared to non-music students (National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 First Follow-Up, U.S. Department of Education). Compared to other majors such as biology, math and chemistry, more music majors who applied for medical school were admitted (“The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-focus University,” Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480; “The Case for Music in Schools”, Phi Delta Kappan, 1994
  9. 9. Resources and References • National Geographic lessons-brain-aging-cognitive-neuroscience/ • MedScape Nursing MultiSpecialty News More Evidence That Music Benefits the Brain Childhood Music Lessons Have Neural Benefit Decades Later • The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature Heather L. Stuckey, Jeremy Nobel,Am J Public Health. 2010 February; 100(2): 254–263. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.156497,PMCID: PMC2804629
  10. 10. Music and Leadership Program • Youth will gain the confidence and ability to learn music and leadership skills at their pace in a way that they can relate one on one and as a group. • Combining leadership and music allows the youth to develop life skills and explore their talents and abilities. • This program will develop bonds in the home and create opportunities for individual growth
  11. 11. Background Music • Once a month the youth will have fun learning new music from different areas and cultures. • Each youth will learn chords and rhythms for a song on their instrument of choice for the rest of the month. There will be a workshop once a week. • By the end of the year the youth will know different songs and several life skills will be developed and confidence gained while having fun and learning to write their own music
  12. 12. Music And Leadership Skills • The youth will develop and use goal setting skills as they begin to learn songs and work on new projects. • Each youth will have a program that is developed with their preferences of music and individual needs. • Youth will have the opportunity to learn many skills, including: – Learning songs + the chords and skills to play 100s more – Designing their own cd cover and t shirt with their own art – a life size board game, a music video – Learn to express themselves through mediums like music, photography, art, cooking and writing.
  13. 13. Music and Arts in Learning Activities in Leadership and Learning Include: • Music: Influences of stars today • History Through Role Playing and song • Multiplication Through Song writing • Math/Geometry Through Visual Arts in preparing music video graphics • Social Studies Through Storytelling in developing of video of their talent • Social Studies Through In-Role Writing • Science Through Music, Dance, life size board games and fun science experiments • History Through Documentary Photography and Video • Structures and Mechanisms Through Building Scale Models • Language Arts Through Global Percussion
  14. 14. The study of music may have many long-term and far- reaching benefits such as: • more focused listening skills • better auditory memory • improved reading skills • a better vocabulary • better study habits • better marks in writing, math, and science • enhanced fine motor skills • Music students are less likely to drop out of school; instead, they are more likely to stay engaged and go on to college or university. • Their experiences in learning and performing music will have given them the confidence they need to ask important questions and to make their own decisions as they pursue their career goals. Students will gain a feeling of achievement