Katherine Damkohler, executive director of Education Through Music, writes in the Huffington Post website that children learn better when music is part of their school curriculum.
She talks about music’s multiplier effect – beyond the evidence about impact on academic achievement – including:
- self-esteem and self-confidence
- increased likelihood of taking part in extracurricular activities
- reduced likelihood of dropping out of school
- improved social and emotional development
- improved creative thinking
Education Through Music align the music curriculum with what is being taught in other classrooms, including math, science, social studies and language arts and she says that the tangible impact of an integrated approach is impressive.
She says that harnessing music as a dynamic educational tool is essential to the future of our children’s academic achievement and future success in life, and music’s multiplier effect must be considered in discussions about education reform.
Source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-damkohler/music-education-and-the-m_b_7603098.html