Music Truths Posts

Professional Development for All Educators Should Include Music

Nearly half of parents and teachers support integrating music into the professional development of all educators.

~ NAMM Foundation and Grunwald Associates LLC (2015). Striking a Chord: The Public’s Hopes and Beliefs for K–12 Music Education in the United States: 2015.

Music Training Helps Student Memory

Musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visuospatial processing, mathematics, and IQ.

~ Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, 2006

Students Who Take Music Lessons Show Different Brain Development

Young Children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year, compared to children who do not receive musical training.

~ Dr. Laurel Trainor, Prof. of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior at McMaster University, 2006

Teens View Music Teachers As Role Models And Friends

Teens described their music teachers as encouraging, motivating and acting as both role models and friends that can be trusted for listening and giving advice.

~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Arts Motivate Kids To Take Risks

Students indicate that arts participation motivates them to stay in school, and that the arts create a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one in which it is safe to take risks.

~ (Source: Barry N., Taylor K., and K. Walls Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development, AEP, 2002)