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The Case for Music

November 1, 2012 — 3 Comments


With lots of budget cuts going on in school districts around the country, there’s no question music programs are on the chopping block. The problem with music is too often the justification made for it is anecdotal. Stories of how music has helped students are certainly wonderful, but quantifying its effect on children such that it could eventually become part of the core curriculum, might make it less prone to a hatchet job at budget time.

Studies like this do a lot to help music become less of an extra and more of a core curriculum:

Harvard Business Review’s Daily Stat
NOVEMBER 1, 2012

A Little Music Training in Childhood Goes a Long Way

Learning about rhythm, pitch, and melody for 20 days increased preschoolers’ verbal-intelligence scores by an average of about 20%, with more than 90% of the children showing improvement, according to a study led by Sylvain Moreno of the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto…

Read the rest here.

Off to find a study that supports the benefit of surfing the net. ;-)

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Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, and if you’re like I was, you think that’s something left over from the show H.R. Pufnstuf. You don’t remember H.R. Pufnstuf? Lucky you. Now that I’ve said that, I should probably go watch some clips of it. Maybe it’s better than I remember. I’ll do that in December after I’m done with NaNoWriMo.

So what it is? NaNoWriMo stands for the annual event known as “National Novel Writing Month” which has the purpose of encouraging people who want to write but are hemming and hawing when it comes to actually doing it. The goal is for individuals to write a 50,000 word novel in November. This may seem so ambitious it’s hard to imagine as something to encourage writing, but therein lies the beauty of it. The absurdity can make you laugh and say, “Why not?!” Plus, there is strength in numbers. If you can do this while thousands are doing it and sharing their war stories, all the better!

One of my blogging buddies shares his take on the process. I love the way he breaks it down, and I just love his bluntness.

For more information and support, see NaNoWriMo’s website.

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