"Each year 60 percent of students in grades K-12 lose their schools music and arts program"
I am a very big suppoter of "Music in Schools" I want to make sure that all schools provide or continue to provide music for all children.
We all know (I hope) how powerful and important music is. I know and I think you all do also, how much music can heal, comfort, move you, provoke you, make you think, help you grow and can make your soul sing. All children need the enrichment of music. I hope you will help support this cause.
The following is a link (provided by Fanscape) for a petition to sign to send to Congress to support music in schools. I believe all children should have the opportunity to have music in their lives. I hope you do too.
Please go to this link (yes...even you guests) and sign the petition.
To provide some info on what music can do for kids, here is an article from themusicedge.com, "Music and Your Grades"
"Music won't rot your mind. In fact, it's good for you. And studying music may help you to learn other subjects better and get better grades in all your courses.
We've always known that music is good for your spirits. Now, scientists are finding out it's good for your brain too. According to recent research, active music making has a direct connection to the brain's inner workings. In fact, the brain seems to operate according to patterns that closely resemble musical notes! Studies have linked active music making with better language and math ability, improved school grades, better-adjusted social behavior, and improvements in "spatial-temporal reasoning," which is the foundation of engineering and science.
In Texas, a study of average SAT scores for music students from 1994 to 2002 (www.tmea.org/025_Advocacy/allstate.html) showed that students enrolled in music programs such as string orchestra, mixed choir, and other musical ensembles, scored higher than the state and national average. The College Entrance Examination Board, who create and administer the SAT, reports, "Students of the arts continue to outperform their non-arts peers on the SAT. In 2001, SAT takers with coursework/experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the test and 41 points higher on the math portion than students with no coursework/experience in the arts." And, it appears that the longer you study music, the better you do in testing. The 1996 report observed, "Those who studied the arts four or more years scored 59 points higher and 41 points higher on the verbal and math portions respectively than students with no coursework or experience in the arts." So music can help you get into a better college.
In Newsweek magazine's February 19, 1996, cover story, "Your Child's Brain," it quoted from research done by Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher at University of California at Irvine showing that music education increases a child's learning ability. The big bottom line is this: Teach kids music, and they'll be better at math. Isn't this what your parents (and you) want anyway?
Similar news had gone out in 1995, although not to as wide an audience: According to the National Coalition for Music Education, when students register for the SAT test, they complete a Student Descriptive Questionnaire. In 1995, as in the two previous years in which NCME followed the results, students who participated in music appreciation and performance and other arts-related courses (such as drama and studio art) scored dramatically higher in both verbal and math portions of the testing.
You probably didn't learn the alphabet by repeating in a monotonous, bored-sounding voice. You sang the ABC's. When you learned your addition and multiplication tables, your teacher probably had you fall into a rhythm while reciting through the sequences. And just why has Sesame Street been so successful at getting kids through their numbers and rudimentary reading with snappy tunes? Apparently, the connection was more important than anyone may have realized!"
The power of music....it never ceases to amaze me!
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My mom always used to moan at me and say she wishes that I learnt my school work as well as I knew all my music I used to listen to.
Today she still says the same. ;D
It feeds your body, soul and mind. I agree Halo!
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Post by Nyarlathotep on Feb 10, 2005 18:04:28 GMT -5
I'm not surprised that studying music can improve SAT scores and help students do better in classes. At my high school, most of the valedictorians from the classes of 1992 through 1997 (the latter being yours truly!) were in the band.
Has any one seen the movie Mr. Holland's Opus? Obviously music can change the lives of young people. There's actually a Mr. Holland's Opus Fund that helps raise money for keeping music in schools and to help provide instruments to students. For more info check this site out: