Music Education Or Instrumental Lessons Engaging Students

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Another aspect of music education or instrumental lessons engaging students is the graduation rate. Schools with music programs have a 90.2% graduation rate and a 93.9% attendance rate compared to schools without--these schools have a 72.9% graduation rate and 84.9% attendance rate on average (“11 Facts” par. 7). In today’s world, a high school diploma is a requirement for success in later life. Thus, graduating is extremely important. In one United States city, community members are working together to provide music education for poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Los Angeles’s Harmony Project is a project inspired to bring music to low-income students. The rate of success is extremely high: 93% of the Harmony Project’s seniors have gone to college. This is against the neighborhood odds of a 50% or more high school dropout rate (Locker par. 8-9). These students and many others at risk of abandoning their high school education credit their arts participation as the reason behind their choice to continue their studies. They commend fine arts as providing motivation, a supportive environment, a place of acceptance of criticism, and a safe place to take risks (“The Benefits” par. 14). When surveyed, 80% of American adults believe music improves greater intelligence (Sifferlin par. 2). What the general public does not know; however, is that music develops executive functions (EF) in the brain. Executive functions include things like focusing on a topic, memorizing information, inhibition, cognitive flexibility, and multitasking. These functions are an excellent test to prove intelligence. In fact, a study from the Boston’s Children’s Hospital says that EF is an even greater predictor of academic achievement than IQ (“Music par. 6-7).... ... middle of paper ... ...s good craftsmanship (Rencher Nuss par. 4,6). Music education is also linked to spatial intelligence. Understanding music can help a person visualize things that go together (Lewis Brown par. 12). For example, a series of math problems will be easily understood because of music. Multistep problems are also included in this. These types of problems are used in real life, as well as in the classroom. Popular real-world activities that put these problems to use are architecture, engineering, math, art, gaming, and working with computers (Lewis Brown par. 13). Jen Enders, the director of the seventh and eighth grade band at Shippensburg Area School District agrees that music will benefit the future workforce. She says, “Music teaches the skills that the 21st century workforce needs to succeed--creativity, teamwork, responsibility, and problem solving.” (Chestnut par. 3).

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