Anita Collins extols the value of music education and says, instead of agonising over why students can’t or won’t study maths or science perhaps we should concentrate on improving cognitive capacity via music lessons.
Guest columnists Dantes Rameau, co-founder and executive director of the Atlanta Music Project based in Georgia, USA, and Aisha Bowden, co-founder and director of AMPlify, the choral program of the Atlanta Music Project write about the value of arts and music to at-risk students.
In an article on The Age website in May 2015, Colleen Ricci compared the status afforded to music education in Australia with other countries around the world, finding a thriving sector in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark, and patchiness in England, the US and Canada.
In an article on the Inside Philanthropy website in March 2015, Mike Scutari asked: Have we reached a tipping point in terms of the public and philanthropic appreciation of music education for kids?
An infographic by Anita Collins (anitacollinsmusic.com) to show how music education benefits brain development
Tom Barnes summarises the scientific reasons why schools in America should not cut music education, referencing studies into cognitive abilities, confidence, attendance levels and civic responsibility. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt …
Article by Dr Douglas Lonie, Research and Evaluation Manager at UK charity Youth Music, encouraging music educators to look at all the areas of change that can take place through music making (for participants, workforce, organisations and the communities in which this takes place). To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt …
In January 2014, Ruth Blatt posted an article on the Forbes website, reporting that a career in the performing arts is great preparation for a career in business.
Billy Bragg focused on music education in his 2012 John Peel Lecture, and expressed a concern that creativity is increasingly a pursuit of the wealthy. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
In July 2014, the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, gave the keynote speech at a Grammy Museum event in Los Angeles to salute teachers who use music in innovative ways as part of their lessons. She stressed that music and other forms of art often connect with students and enhance their interest in core subjects such as maths, science and history. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
A short article in Scientific American says that neuroscience research is proving the benefits of music education to young people’s wider learning, and that US schools should be adding music classes, not cutting them. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.