Mia Chung writes in the Philadelphia Enquirer convincingly about the importance of music in education. She writes from both personal experience as well as school research. She argues against the tendency of schools to eliminate or minimize the arts in the curriculum when striving to improve students’ academic skills. Her views echo what neuroscientists and multiple intelligences inspired teachers have known for many, many years.
As she writes… Playing a musical instrument develops an important neurocognitive skill known as executive function (EF). Strong EF is critical for the brain to operate in school and in life. Focusing on a topic, memorizing information, inhibition, cognitive flexibility, and paying attention to multiple ideas simultaneously are examples of it. It is at the heart of all learning.
Read her article at: http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20150322_Early_music_education_wires_young_minds_for_learning.html#emiEl3WIre8dLvAF.99