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Dan Pink - A Hardheaded Case for Music Education

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Texas Music Educators Association
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An award-winning author's perspective on the importance of music education in our schools. Be sure to catch the quote from Georgia Tech about needing students who can do more than math and science.

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An award-winning author's perspective on the importance of music education in our schools. Be sure to catch the quote from Georgia Tech about needing students who can do more than math and science.

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Dan Pink - A Hardheaded Case for Music Education

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Texas Music Educators Association
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An award-winning author's perspective on the importance of music education in our schools. Be sure to catch the quote from Georgia Tech about needing students who can do more than math and science.

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Dean J. Fusto's curator insight, 3 August 2015, 05:01

An award-winning author's perspective on the importance of music education in our schools. Be sure to catch the quote from Georgia Tech about needing students who can do more than math and science.

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Teach kids creativity. Ultimately, machines will be better at coding

Teach kids creativity. Ultimately, machines will be better at coding | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
"Deep machine learning will likely automate the writing of code relatively quickly. Creativity is going to be far more important in a future where software can code better than we can"
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Equity in Arts Education for K-8 Students

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The Kennedy Center's Any Given Child program helps communities institutionalize art education for K-8 students. All kids deserve access to art and creativity.
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The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us

The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
The researchers found that at the same time students were learning the craft of painting, sculpture, drawing, and more, four potentially generalizable habits of mind were also being taught: learning to envision, express, observe, and reflect. They also documented two important working styles being taught: learning to stretch and explore and to engage and persist.
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Our Daily Life & Importance of Music On It

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Did you have any idea that making music is part of what makes humans human? Almost each and every culture have their own music.
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Meet the firefighters from American Samoa who sing to stay motivated on the job

Meet the firefighters from American Samoa who sing to stay motivated on the job | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
It's part of fa'asamoa — the Samoan way of life.
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Valedictorian Shocks World with Brutally Honest Graduation Speech

Jaws drop as this young man explains why he is valedictorian and how they education system rewards the wrong things. Brave young man!
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What a great speech! Too bad he didn't realize these things sooner...

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Jason Mraz Sounds Off on the Value of Music Education and Exposure to the Arts in Creating Opportunity

Jason Mraz Sounds Off on the Value of Music Education and Exposure to the Arts in Creating Opportunity | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it

Jason Mraz is best known for his catchy lyrics and upbeat original songs, but in his spare time, Jason also partners with programs like “VH Save The Music” and “SPARC”.

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Rmw's curator insight, 19 May 2017, 01:59

Now a music star, Jason Mraz said that if his school did not have a music program he would not have finished school. Something to reflect on...

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The 2016 Nation’s Report Card (NAEP)

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Dig into the details and decide for yourself how accurate and/or valuable this information is.

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Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning

Struggling schools benefit from adding arts to learning | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
At ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, students put their multiplication tables to song, while eighth graders use the musical “Hamilton” to study debate. The public charter school’s curriculum is a product of a federal effort to use arts education to boost achievement in the nation’s lowest performing schools. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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Is Creativity the Number 1 Skill for the 21st Century?

Is Creativity the Number 1 Skill for the 21st Century? | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Against a backdrop of uncertainty, economic turmoil and unprecedented change a new picture is emerging of the skills and traits for success (and perhaps even simply survival) in the modern era. At the heart of this essential skillset for the future lies... creativity. 
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This isn't new news, is it?

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Play an instrument? You probably react faster!

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Could learning to play a musical instrument help the elderly react faster and stay alert?Quite likely, according to a new study by Université de Montréal's School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, part of UdeM's medical faculty.Published in the U.S. journal Brain and Cognition, the study shows that musicians have faster reaction times to sensory stimuli than non-musicians have. And that has implications for preventing some effects of aging, said lead researcher Simon Landry, whose study is part of his doctoral thesis in biomedical science."The more we know about the impact of music on really basic sensory processes, the more we can apply musical training to individuals who might have slower reaction times," Landry said.$$!ad_code_content_spilt_video_ad!$$"As people get older, for example, we know their reaction times get slower. So if we know that playing a musical instrument increases reaction times, then maybe playing an instrument will be helpful for them."In his study, co-authored with his thesis advisor, audiology associate professor François Champoux, Landry compared the reaction times of 16 musicians and 19 non-musicians.They were sat in a quiet, well-lit room with one hand on a computer mouse and the index finger of the other on a vibro-tactile device, a small box that vibrated intermittently.They were told to click on the mouse when they heard a sound (a burst of white noise) from the speakers in front of them, or when the box vibrated, or when both happened.Each of the three stimulations - audio, tactile and audio-tactile - was done 180 times. The subjects wore earplugs to mask any buzzing "audio clue" when the box vibrated."We found significantly faster reaction times with musicians for auditory, tactile and audio-tactile stimulations," Landry writes in his study."These results suggest for the first time that long-term musical training reduces simple non-musical auditory, tactile and multisensory reaction times."The musicians were recruited from UdeM's music faculty, started playing between ages 3 and 10, and had at least seven years of training.There were eight pianists, 3 violinists, two percussionists, one double bassist, one harpist and one viola player. All but one (a violinist) also mastered a second instrument, or more.The non-musicians were students at the School of Speech Language Pathology. As with the musicians, roughly half were undergraduates and half graduates.Landry, whose research interest is in how sound and touch interact, said his study adds to previous ones that looked at how musicians' brains process sensory illusions."The idea is to better understand how playing a musical instrument affects the senses in a way that is not related to music," he said of his study.
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Good for video games too!

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How to Become a ‘Superager’

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More research about the arts and your brain. Seems pretty clear to me!

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Why Is Music So Important for Your Motivation?

Why Is Music So Important for Your Motivation? | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
We often underestimate what music can do for us in terms of productivity. But why is music so important for your motivation? Let’s find out.
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Musicians are better at decision-making & problem-solving, study shows

Musicians are better at decision-making & problem-solving, study shows | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Music training can change children’s brain structure and boost decision-making network

Music training can change children’s brain structure and boost decision-making network | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new study by the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC is the latest in a series examining how music learning may enhance their emotional and intellectual development.
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The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling

The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
The research in favor of arts learning is stacking up, writes Johns Hopkins University’s Mariale Hardiman.
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Music is in your brain and your body and your life – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis | Aeon Essays

Music is in your brain and your body and your life – Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis | Aeon Essays | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
We never just hear music. Our experience of it is saturated in cultural expectations, personal memory and the need to move
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Showcase Your Extracurricular Activities for College Admissions

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Lifelaunchr is a regular contributor to the Edmodo Blog. With articles written by Venkates Swaminathan, Founder/CEO of LifeLaunchr, the site provides parents
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Take a look at the 2nd bullet point!

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Florida Vocal Association | Chorus Teacher Resources

Advocacy materials for music educators

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Here is a great list of resources for vocal AND instrumental educators.

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Comprehensive Music Education Fosters Well-Rounded Students

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In this new education climate, nurturing students’ creativity is critical to ensuring they are prepared for the 21st century workforce.
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Maybe we just need to create workers for assembly line jobs... Wait! Many of those jobs won't exist in the future! I guess we'd better think about developing students into well-rounded adults.

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Rmw's curator insight, 19 May 2017, 01:56

This article shows the importance of learning music to help students develop critical and creative skills that will help them across the board. Great stuff!

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Hallelujah: The Importance of Music Education in Elementary Schools

A short film by Aliza Eliazarov following Peter Mancini who is committed to providing serious musical training to his elementary students...

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3 Reasons Why Brain Research Should Guide Arts Scheduling in Schools ·

3 Reasons Why Brain Research Should Guide Arts Scheduling in Schools · | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
It's time for our schools to embrace neuroscience and music education in order for our children to grow up to become beautiful humans with better functioning brains.
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Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills
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Anthony Maiello on music

Why are music programs an important part of education? How can music help students succeed? We'll discuss these questions and more...

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What Students Have to Gain From the Arts - The Education Trust

What Students Have to Gain From the Arts - The Education Trust | Music Education Advocacy | Scoop.it
“The simple fact is, every child in this country needs and deserves access to the subjects that go into being a well-rounded, well-educated person. Music and art; world language; physics, chemistry, and biology; social studies, civics, geography and government; physical education and health
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Rmw's curator insight, 25 May 2017, 03:11
Good article. It showcases the importance of teaching arts in school, especially in lower socioeconomic environments, which is almost the opposite to how subjects get priority now. Food for thought....