Dr Nina Kraus explains the vital role of music in learning at this ARTSpeaks event in Illinois in 2017.
A useful infographic about the relationship between music education and brain development, thanks to Ward-Brodt Music Store, Wisconsin, USA.
Study after study proves that regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students do better in school than those who have no music involvement. Whether it is improved spatial-temporal reasoning, which is integral to mathematics, or repetition of tunes and melodies, which is integral to verbal memory, learning, playing and creating music benefits children in many ways.
This 4m video by the Children’s Music Workshop in Los Angeles, California, presents a powerful argument for the inclusion of music in the school curriculum of children and young people.
Playing music with toddlers could benefit their development even more than shared reading, according to University of Queensland research.
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.