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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