Want higher grades? Do music! (article/link)
27 Tuesday Aug 2013
The original article appeared on Pacific Standard and was picked up by Salon, where I read it. Now it’s up to you to forward it to your elected representative in Congress…
Read the whole article (“Music Education Tied to Higher Test Scores“), but here’s the gist:
A Harvard University study of Canadian students, long story short, compared the grades of students who had had a music course in their studies with those who had not. “The results for the kids’ final three years of schooling were quite striking. Grades were higher across the board for those who had studied music.
The researchers conjecture that the evolutionary value of music is that music helps people “cope with cognitive dissonance – the intense feeling of discomfort that arises when we encounter information that contradicts one of our core beliefs. ….The ability to live with such feelings allows us to be open to fresh, challenging ideas, leading to intellectual and emotional growth.”
Music was also of value to early human societies because of “its ability to cement social bonds.”
In other words, music makes it easier to meet and be with people, and to feel better about yourself and, well, be smarter.
But if you are a reader of this blog, you already knew that. And that I like to preach to the choir.
Let me know if you run across more articles like this so we can share them.
And send them to your representative so that they consider disbanding the Committee to Cut (still more!) Funding to the Arts and Education.