Why CY Matters

Why CY Matters

The Benefits of Music Education

The Benefits of Music EducationA wealth of scientific research over the last decade is proving that music education is a powerful tool for attaining children’s full academic, social and creative potential.

  • It speeds the development of children’s and reading skills
  • It trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods
  • It helps children gain an sense of empathy for others

“Musical activity involves nearly every region of the brain that we know about, and nearly every neural subsystem.”   – Daniel Levitin

Read the entire document (pdf opens in new browser window. (April 2014, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

3 Awful Things That Happen When Children are Denied Daily Arts Instruction in Schools

Anthony Mazzocchi National Association for Music Education member Tony Mazzocchi reflects on the importance of the arts in education. As the title, “3 Awful Things That Happen When Children are Denied Daily Arts Instruction in Schools,” suggests, the author, a GRAMMY® nominated music educator, believes music plays an essential role:

Anthony Mazzocchi[/caption]Regardless of the social and economic circumstances of our time, the arts have an essential place in the balanced education of our children.

In all the education discussion I hear and the literature I read, the arts are consistently given little to no attention. At the same time, a large portion of our population is tired of having to plead to make the case for arts in schools. We all want an education system that delivers a broad-based curriculum that takes into account the continuing and varied needs of our children — not a system obsessed with academic learning alone.

Read the entire article on the NAfME website. (June 7, 2016 – Article originally posted on The Music Parents’ Guide)

John Rutter: The Importance of Choir

Listen as composer John Rutter delves deeply into the importance of choir in all aspects of life.  He shares his own love of music with us as he discusses the many places music enters our lives and changes who we are. Please enjoy these few words of wisdom from one of music’s greatest minds on the JW Pepper Blog:

John Rutter: The Importance of Choir – JW Pepper Blog, 3-9-16

Stop “Defending” Music Education

Peter Greene writes in the Huffington Post: “Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the “keep music because it helps with other things“ pieces out there.”

Read More…Huffington Post, 6-11-15

Peter L. Benson, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Search Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on positive human development. Dr. Benson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on child and adolescent development and social change, including, most recently, Sparks: How Parents Can Help Ignite the Hidden Strengths of Teenagers