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The Importance of Music Education

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Hannah Meixner

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The Im po rt c a n e o f M u s i c E d u c a t i o Certain aspects of language and melody have been shown to be processed in near identical functional brain areas. Brown, Martinez and Parsons (2006) examined the neurological structural similarities between music and language. Utilizing positron emission tomography (PET), the findings showed that both linguistic and melodic phrases produced activation in almost identical functional brain areas. Primary Motor Cortex To the brain, music fuctions almost the same as verbal language... Music is benificial to ourselves and our schools Emotional Communication? n Music Proficiency Leads to Increased Aptitude in Arithmetic Fields. Works Cited

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"Why Music Education Is Important, Page 2 of 2." Associated Content from Yahoo! - Associatedcontent.com. Web. 16 Nov. 2010. A number of studies have indicated that music training may be more valuable to the development of general intelligence than previously theorized. The arts produce jobs, generating an estimate $37 billion with a return of $3.4 billion in federal income taxes. Students taking courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than students with no arts participation. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math. Music appreciation students scored 61 points higher on the verbal and 42 points higher on the math. Lewis Thomas, physician and biologist, found that music majors comprise the highest percentage of accepted medical students at 66%. The Mozart Effect surfaced about four years ago when research uncovered that adults who listened to music of complexity for ten minutes or so experienced temporary increases in their spatial IQ scores. High school students who participate in band or orchestra report the lowest lifetime and current use of all drugs. New forms of entertainment, from hip hop and rock & roll to film and video games, are being created as we speak and will continue to evolve. Experts say that over the next ten years, jobs in art, music, culture and entertainment will grow twice as many as jobs in engineering will. Those who've been educated in the arts will have a great advantage over those who have not. Why does music education benefit ourselves and our culture? 113 million, or 53% of Americans over the age of 12, are current or former music makers. “The politicians just don't get it, do they? The arts are just as important to developing the mind as solving equations or mixing chemicals. Creativity is just as important as logic. Math and Science classes make the world easier to live in, to be sure, but things like the arts and English help make life worth living and give the world a personality.” -Iassac Huntoon, Cicero Indiana Cultural
Understanding Music has played a vital role in almost every major
societal movement in history. With every cultural change, comes a wave of new music and ideas. Examples of this have been documented in western music as early as the 1400's. History Pop Culture Why are music programs being cut? Due to No Child Left Behind, schools are teaching to the test. Now in order to get funding, schools need to have good test scores. In order to have good tests scores, they need to funnel their money into the testable subjects: English, Math, Science, and History. Thus, the arts are getting the short end of the stick. Thomas Edison Albert Einstien Neil Armstrong The Rebuttle: We need to focus on fixing the economy before spending money on unnecessary "fluff" items such as music education in schools. We cannot afford it. Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President, Clavichord, violin, cello
John Quincy Adams, 6th President, Flute
Chester Arthur 21st President, Banjo
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President, Violin
Harry Truman, 33rd President, Piano
Richard Nixon, Piano, Accordian
Bill Clinton, 42nd President, Sax Louis Braille Alexander Ghram Bell Other benefits of being in a music class: Music is one of the seven intelligences identified in the brain and the only one
that utilizes all seven intelligences simultaneously. Band reinforces the skills of cooperation which are among the qualities now most
highly valued in business and industry.
Members are required to shift from an I/Me focus to a We/Us focus. You learn to appreciate the finer things in life.
Some of your friends might spend their time memorizing the names of American Idol contestants and sparring over Miley Cyrus’ fashion blunders. You, on the other hand, will be able to explain why the scherzo during the Adagio movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 was so innovative. I promise this info will score you major points at a cocktail party many years from now. “It has taught me lessons that school would never be able to teach”
“My grades”
“It’s my emotional outlet”
“If I don’t drum I will go crazy”
“It’s taught me integrity”
“Discipline” “No new equipment”
“Much higher fees”
“No trips”
“We had to fire half of our staff”
“No busses”
“People didn’t join because we don’t do the fun things any more, like going on overnights”
“We had to combine ensembles with our colorguard” Unity Goal setting Perserverence Success ADVOCACY!
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