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Using Music to Close the Academic Gap

Using Music to Close the Academic Gap | For Parents | Scoop.it
New studies on the cognitive advantages of learning instruments at early ages
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Why Music: Redefining the 'M' in STEM - Huffington Post

Why Music: Redefining the 'M' in STEM - Huffington Post | For Parents | Scoop.it
Why Music: Redefining the 'M' in STEM
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Music is essential to the optimal cognitive development and successful education of young people.
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Venice - the city that created opera

Venice - the city that created opera | For Parents | Scoop.it
In the early 18th century, Venice, a city of some 160,000 inhabitants, boasted seven full-time opera houses.
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Parents are the real pop pickers: Young adults like same music as mum

Parents are the real pop pickers: Young adults like same music as mum | For Parents | Scoop.it
Researchers say old music by bands - such as Abba (pictured) and The Beatles - brings us back to a specific point in time.
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The Music’s Secret Language

The Music’s Secret Language | For Parents | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why a certain classical piece evokes a consistent emotional response?
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Learning piano could boost brain, study suggests - KPLC-TV

Learning piano could boost brain, study suggests - KPLC-TV | For Parents | Scoop.it
Learning piano could boost brain, study suggests
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Learning piano could boost brain, study suggests. Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 4:51 AM EST. Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013 7:00 AM EST.
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Music education and neuroscience take center stage at the latest public webinar from the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development

'Music education and neuroscience take center stage at the latest public webinar from the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development' (Music Education and Neuroscience take center stage at the latest public webinar from the NEA...
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The Benefits of Music Education . Music & Arts . Education | PBS Parents

The Benefits of Music Education . Music & Arts . Education | PBS Parents | For Parents | Scoop.it
Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. Learn all the benefits of music education.
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Top iPad Apps for Music Exploration and Education | PadGadget

Top iPad Apps for Music Exploration and Education | PadGadget | For Parents | Scoop.it

"While it’s common for iPad users to stream music to their devices with apps such as Spotify or Slacker radio, or listen to their own music libraries through Apple’s native Music app, the iPad is also an excellent way to explore new musical genres or learn about Classical, Jazz, or even Opera at any age."


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Arts Education in the Arab World Deserves More Respect — And Resources - Brookings Institution

Arts Education in the Arab World Deserves More Respect — And Resources - Brookings Institution | For Parents | Scoop.it
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The OECD study says music education strengthens IQ and academic performance, and may facilitate foreign-language training.
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Arts Education deserves more respect, full stop.

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What next for music education today? - The Guardian (blog)

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What next for music education today?
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Great conversation about music education, where its been and where it's going.

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OECD educationtoday: Arts education in innovation-driven societies

OECD educationtoday: Arts education in innovation-driven societies | For Parents | Scoop.it
Music education also has a clear causal impact on verbal skills, probably via its facilitation of auditory skills: music training improves phonological skills, the ability to hear speech in a noisy environment, and there is ...
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The Creativity Gap

We have known for over a decade that this day would come. America has shorted creativity and now our innovation and competitiveness have fallen off the pace. Failing to invest in our national growth engine is like keeping Junior out of school for the Second and Third grade and expecting him to do well in the Fourth. Our communities have cut arts education -- music, writing, painting, dancing, theater and the like. Where are our children supposed to learn how to be competently creative, not just expressive? At home? From parents who are not musicians or artists? Whatever we are doing at home to bridge the creativity gap, according to these reports, is really not working out.

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Creativity is a skill that needs practice. Use it or risk losing it. With high stakes testing the norm at most public schools, even the good ones, it's more important than ever to supplement your child's exposure to the arts.
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Is Music the Key to Success?

Is Music the Key to Success? | For Parents | Scoop.it
What is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in many diverse fields?
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Learn How To Learn How To Learn: On Being a Self-Taught and a Non-Self-Taught Composer

Learn How To Learn How To Learn: On Being a Self-Taught and a Non-Self-Taught Composer | For Parents | Scoop.it
I have had a somewhat ambiguous relationship to music education throughout my life. Early guitar lessons were more of a straitjacket than a path to musical creativity, and I ran away from the teach...
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A quiet word about classical concert etiquette

A quiet word about classical concert etiquette | For Parents | Scoop.it
Who says classical music must be enjoyed in silence? Despite a summer of mobiles, coughs and even a misfiring hearing aid, Kate Molleson refuses to join the tutters
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Some good information, this left me with more questions than it answered.  I still don't know what appropriate ettiquette is at every concert I attend and I've been performing for over 20 years.

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Could the Arts Actually Be Making a Comeback in Our Schools? - TakePart

Could the Arts Actually Be Making a Comeback in Our Schools? - TakePart | For Parents | Scoop.it
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Flutes and flatterers - OUPblog (blog)

Flutes and flatterers - OUPblog (blog) | For Parents | Scoop.it
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A few curious things can be said about flute (which, of course, has nothing to do with lute). Unlike fiddle, this word is certainly of Romance descent.
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Bigger Than 'Hot Cheetos and Takis'-
Why Arts Education Matters

Bigger Than 'Hot Cheetos and Takis'-<br/>Why Arts Education Matters | For Parents | Scoop.it
When I was 10, my mother enrolled me in a painting class that met every Saturday at a local museum.
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Music and Art in Education | Muzart Blog - Muzart World Foundation

Music and Art in Education | Muzart Blog - Muzart World Foundation | For Parents | Scoop.it
When I was seven, I had an army green record player with a brown cord that my mom bought for me at a yard sale. I also had the “Annie” soundtrack. And I played it over and over and over and over again.
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A List of Some of The Best Free Web Resources on Music Education

A List of Some of The Best Free Web Resources on Music Education | For Parents | Scoop.it

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The Friday post

What we want to do is to show people that “classical” music is a living, vibrant tradition that is far from being the museum art of dead men played incredibly formally by people dressed very uncomfortably.
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Want Kids to Be More Altruistic? Give Them Arts Education

Want Kids to Be More Altruistic? Give Them Arts Education | For Parents | Scoop.it

Earlier this year Secretary of Education Arne Duncan voiced his support for dance, music, theater, and visual arts programs, calling them "essential to preparing our nation's young people for a global economy fueled by innovation and creativity." A new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago points to an equally important reason we need to make sure every school has a robust arts program: People who engage in the arts or watch others do so are more likely to be civically engaged, socially tolerant, and altruistic.


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Music makes kids more empathetic, research finds

Music makes kids more empathetic, research finds | For Parents | Scoop.it

Exposure to music can makes kids more empathetic, a recent study has found. The University of Cambridge research, though preliminary, may affect how school systems, policymakers and educators view music and its relationship to a child's development.

 

"Empathy is considered to be a precursor of pro-social behavior, a crucial ingredient in our daily social lives," said Rabinowitch. "Empathy keeps us 'together,' connected, and aware for each other."

 

 By Edward Ortiz


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More data suggesting that studying music makes us better people!  How many of you have been changed for the better by music?

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