However, to listen to music with understanding and comprehension requires repeated exposure and guided learning. The ability to listen with understanding and comprehension enhances all learning activities, and should therefore become an integral part of early childhood learning centres. Developing this ability at such a young age will have long-term benefits for a life-long learning program. Many musical activities require children to wait their turn, listen to each other, hold their instrument still until they h... ... middle of paper ... ...vidually and in groups, provides opportunities for purposeful contributions” (MOE, 1996, p. 96). One of the main responsibilities of teachers is to facilitate creativity and not to limit or extinguish the natural talent of children.
The study showed that students with a background in music scored 59 points higher in the verbal portion and 44 points higher in the Mathematics portion of the same test (Martin). Other studies were conducted to show a correlation between music education and the American College Testing, as well as numerous other tests. Researchers discovered that students who participated in a formal music class of some kind attained higher academic scores than those students who did not participate in music (Hodges), as well as high scores in English, reading, and science portions of the ACT (Johnso... ... middle of paper ... ...rograms, academic achievement”. KU News. Kansas: Kansas University, 2007.
The most easily influenced stage of human life is early childhood, therefore it is encouraged that children listen to classical music. The researchers at Irvine recently found that preschoolers who had received eight months of music lessons scored “eighty percent higher on object-assembly tasks” than did other children who received no musical training. It was concluded that students who listened to music had high a greater ability to think abstractly and to visualize. These tasks are necessary to understand difficult theorems and equations in math and engineering. German scientists discovered an amazing difference in musicians who have the ability to recognize notes by ear and who began studying music before the age of seven.
By learning how to play an instrument improves attention, impulse control, concentration, self-esteem, social functioning, self-expression, motivation, and memory (Sze & Yu, 2004). “Music integration provides children with concrete, hands-on experiences that are essential to developing each child’s ability to reason, think, solve-problems, analyze, evaluate, and enhancing creativity (Sze & Yu, 2004).” Music therapy fosters their ability for creativity, tolerance of change, flexibility, and variability in order to create a balance for the more structured and behaviorally driven education that is required of the school setting (“Music therapy”). Through singing songs based on basic knowledge exceptional students are actually demonstrating key academic skills. These skills are the ability to organize information, retain information, and also memorize information. Special needs students who are enrolled into music therapy classes significantly show growth in their academic skills (“Benefits of music”).
Research has clearly shown the potential for students to excel when an emphasis is placed on the integration of music in to their education. Studies paint a promising picture for the relationship of mathematics and music, and teachers have found real life ways to implement this powerful unity in their classrooms. When examples such as the curriculum from Bear Creek Elementary are available, there is no excuse for denying children such a promising opportunity to expand their chance for success. References Argabright, R (Winter, 2005). Connecting with music.
Reaching the goal is the culmination of the research; in this case, the goal for conducting a doctoral research is to improve the music education curriculum and provide an excellent learning opportunity for all students including students with disabilities to experience academic success. The current music curriculum's design appears to be standard for all students including students with disabilities. Because of inclusion, children with learning disabilities participate with non-disabled children in music. At a recent music therapy workshop, teachers expressed concerns regarding how to support students with learning needs. Inquiry on the current music curriculum and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 initiated the following questions: Is the NCLB working to meet all students' learning needs as well as support music teachers with appropriate education resources?
This author is making the claim that music makes children excel in their education. This author uses many different sources. The author relies mainly on studies to back up his argument. The article is recent. I am going to use the facts in this article to back up my claim that music should continue to be in schools.
An open letter to parents of young children To those of you with children under the age of ten, Do you want your child to be successful in life? To excel in whatever career path they choose? Introducing your child to the world of music can benefit them in numerous ways. Instrumentation is a skill people all over the world can learn and use in their daily lives. Your child can learn how to read and play an instrument as well.
Music Education Improves Academic Performance Music educators have always believed that a child’s cognitive, motivational, and communication skills are more highly developed when exposed to music training. Now, study after study proves that music instruction is essential to children’s overall education because it improves their academic performance. The positive effects of music education are finally being recognized by science, verifying what music teachers have always suspected. Music enters the brain through the ears. Pitch, melody, and intensity of notes are processed in several areas of the brain such as the cerebral cortex, the brain stem, and the frontal lobes.
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