"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight
to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the
essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful. • Plato|
In my family, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of an intense and joyful season
of music. It is the time of year when music is an integral backdrop to every
event. Whether preparing for concerts or sitting by the fireside, music fills
the air each waking hour.
In an era when music programs are taking a back-seat to other priorities, my
heart wants to encourage parents to bring music back into the lives of our
children. Consider this:
- In a study by neurologist Frank Wilson, when a musician plays or sings, he or
she uses approximately 90% of the brain. Wilson could find no other activity
that uses the brain to this extent.
- Dr. Frances Rauscher at the University of California, Irvine, reports that
children who were given music training (piano) showed significant improvement in
their spatial and temporal reasoning skills-skills needed for learning higher
math and science. This did not happen with their peers who were given like
amounts of computer training.
- At Stanford University, psychologists found that learning to control rhythm
and tempo, in group-music making situations, helped students to perform other
routine activities with more ease and efficiency. While the Dean of Admissions
for Stanford once said in an interview, "We look for students who have taken
part in orchestra, symphonic band, chorus and drama. It shows a level of energy
and an ability to organize time...that they can carry a full academic load and
learn something else."
- When sharing the benefits of music with parents enrolling in their music
programs, Kindermusik International cites that children exposed to the arts for
three hours on three days a week through one full year are: 4 times more likely
to be recognized for academic achievement, 3 times more likely to be elected to
class office within their schools, 4 times more likely to participate in a math
and science fair, 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance, and
4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or a poem.
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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
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