“The arts are the cognitive base for thinking in abstraction” – M. Thaut
19 Saturday Oct 2013
To back up the last post is an article by music therapist Andrew Littlefield: “Music, Creativity, and Unlocking Our Full Potential,” which has terrific quote of the title of this post. You should read the original article. A few highlights:
•The oldest human artifacts include musical instruments (the 40K year old bone flute from southern Germany comes to mind).
•Many of the most successful people studied music at some point in their lives.
It’s the same old (sad) story: in spite of the fact that the studying music (and other arts) clearly improves cognitive brain function, short-sighted school boards and politicians persist in cutting arts programs.