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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. ;-)

© Photograph by Jack Schiffer

An Adventure

September 18, 2012 — 3 Comments

Tomorrow, I’m going on an adventure. The outcome is not sure, but whatever it is, I’ll let you know. Until I can fill you in, just know it has something to do with this:



Yeah! The Piano Guys were on Katie Couric’s show today. Check them out here.