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A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it

Courtesy of the University of Florida

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Nothing more to add this (when done well, an infographic provides all the content and context necessary).

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10 Ways to Maintain Musical Form During the Summer

10 Ways to Maintain Musical Form During the Summer | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it
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Though slanted toward the elementary ed crowd and specifically aimed at brass players, the ten points Carrie Wible has listed here can easily be adapted to any instrument. They incorporate just the right amount of balance between fun and the derived educational benefits.

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Report credits music education for boosting high-tech communities

"KITCHENER — This city’s focus on live music and technology as key drivers of economic growth received a major boost yesterday when a national study was released here touting the broad-ranging benefits of music education for the digital economy... the research strongly suggests that a good music education in childhood leads to creative thinking, critical thinking, better social skills for collaborating with others, higher marks in English, higher marks in math, improved memory, better motor skills, boosts self-esteem and stimulates both halves of the brain — the analytical and artistic sides — better than anything else."

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Those who teach and play professionally will not find the results of this study surprising. Sadly, many primay and secondary schools have yet to consider this when setting their funding priorities. If they want - really want - their student to succeed, there is little question what a funding increase for music and the arts will do for their student's cognitive development. When will music and the arts reach the necessary critical mass to not be considered as 'fluff' or expendable?

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Infographic: Music's Effect On Learning

Infographic: Music's Effect On Learning | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it
Did you know that listening to music stimulates several parts of the brain, and may both increase productivity and help recall memories?
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How Music assists learning infographic.

Quick takeaway?

Music makes your brain work better when learning.

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Music program gives hand-on classical music experience to students

Music program gives hand-on classical music experience to students | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it
VENICE - During the recent recession, when budget cuts hit Suncoast schools, a wave of fear went through many local educators and parents, afraid officials would drop music and arts classes in an effort to save money.
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The age old issue of how to capture the attention of youngsters with all the competing sources can be seen clearly... put a real instrument in their hands... let them see how easy it is to make sound... doesn't matter if it's a 'cello, bagpipe or guitar. It will allow them to connect with that same instinctive element that has driven people the world over to create music for generations.

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Arts: The full value of music education - Waco Tribune-Herald

Arts: The full value of music education - Waco Tribune-Herald | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it
Arts: The full value of music education Waco Tribune-Herald One of the bigger ideas unpacked in this study is the way music instruction stimulates the brain to excel in non-related areas, many of which are the subject of hand-wringing when it comes...
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A news article from the Waco Trib as a followup to the recent study on cognitive development and the 'executive' brain functions done by Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital.

 

Of note are the final thoughts that David Smith closed the piece.

 

"... this study indicates that slashing the arts from schools — in hopes that more time, effort and resources could be devoted to raising test scores in math and science — may be counterproductive.

 

Whether all this makes any difference depends on whether the goal of public education is to turn out well-developed people who can reason, think critically and keep several complex ideas straight in their heads at the same time."

 

I would further state that while these goals might be implied of the public education system in our modern times, as a parent of three children who have gone through the system, that is not always the end result. As parents, we had our work cut out for us to instill the desire to reason clearly, think critically and not be  "another brick in the wall".

 

Sadly, not all parents even understand what's missing in their children's curriculum and how to allow for remediation of those vital elements at home.

 

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Music lessons enhance the quality of school life

Music lessons enhance the quality of school life | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it
A new study examined whether an extended music education had an impact on pupils' experienced satisfaction with the school.
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Again and again, in study after study, the same overall story and results are shown not to be an outlier or a fluke... yet we still see the STEM platform take precedence in funding goals? 

 

I would include a "facepalm" photo here because it really makes no sense for anyone who really believes in the best educational outcomes for their students to ignore the reams of data that have proven this point.

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Teacher Branding 101- What's Your Brand?

Teacher Branding 101- What's Your Brand? | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it
As the publisher of this magazine, the first things I ask dismayed teachers who are worried about their lack of job security is, "What's your brand? If you suddenly no longer have a job, what will be your brand?
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Unfortunately, the scenario proposed above is all too common.

 

How do you 'brand' yourself?

 

Wonderful analysis and the one thing that sticks out is this line (emphasis added);

 

"According to Entrepreneur Magazine "your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your 'competitors'. Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be."

 

The old idea that we can become the person we think ourselves to be is still a valid observation... and probably the most often overlooked aspect within the whole topic of 'branind' of the individual (as opposed to a company or product). If we have decided who we want to be, our own supercomputer (cerbrel cortex et al) and it's subconscious decision making processes will work to make the real match the image we hold of ourselves.

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The Role of Jazz in Music Education for Children

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The Role of Jazz in Music Education for Children:   Music plays a very significant role in the learning proces... http://t.co/81t4ug65Mr
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Additional ways to promote the art of music in the public school.

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30 top apps for making music on your mobile device

30 top apps for making music on your mobile device | Music Education on the web | Scoop.it

"30 apps for Android, iPhone and iPad to get your fingers moving.


Via John Evans
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The possibilities for creative expression continues to grow.

Do you use any of these? Worth a look...

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Rafael O'Grady's curator insight, August 16, 2013 10:01 PM

This article talks about 30 great apps that help you make music on your mobile device. Most of these apps focus on music theory instead of a recording.