Many schools recognize music classes as a priority for a variety of social and academic benefits, but hurdles like time and money keep schools from offering even elementary school students dedicated music class more than two times per week. Here's how some schools are finding creative was to make it happen.
Fascinating research: “Children’s brains show evidence of faster development when they are learning to play an instrument. And studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood.” Using Music to Close the Academic GapSeveral times a week, … Continue reading Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap? →
By NPR Staff They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But can you teach an old guitarist new licks? How about an old nonguitarist — not even a musician? Gary Marcus isn’t that old. He’s actually in his early 40s, and he’s a professor of psychology at NYU and an expert on … Continue reading Is It Ever Too Late to Learn Music? →
Flickr:NZGabriel By Audrey Watters In his remarks at TEDxNYED a couple of weeks ago, education activitist Will Richardson shared an anecdote about coming home one day to the sound of “Don’t Stop Believin'” on the piano. It was his daughter, a novice pianist, who’d placed Will’s laptop next to her and taught herself the song … Continue reading Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes →
By Audrey Watters March 8 – 10 marked the inaugural SXSWedu, an education technology conference held in Austin, Texas right before the main South by Southwest event that includes one of the most popular technology conferences in the world. SXSWedu was sponsored by SXSW and TEA, the Texas Education Agency and featured three days of … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →