3 Reasons to Bring Music Back into Schools

Why does music seem to rewire the brain for learning? Studies show a definite link betweenmusic and academic success. Then, why is music often one of the first things cut when budgets shrink?

Let’s dive into why music is so important to a child’s education. We’ll also discuss some of the ways we need to educate children about music.

This post was originally posted at coolcatteacher.com
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Show Notes:

  • Why is music so important to teach in schools?
  • PS 22 Chorus on Staten Island
  • Musicality – finalist on America’s Got Talent
  • What does the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA 2015) mean for music education in the United States?
  • How does music education impact test scores? (See the research I quoted in the show.)
  • What would the ideal school music program look like?
  • What is the impact of having music performances in schools?
  • How do we make the case to school boards and administrators to add music education back into schools?
  • Does it make a difference to have someone just sing with the kids or having someone teach who is trained in musical instruction?

Who is Ann Farnsworth?

Jazz pianist and vocalist Anne Farnsworth lives in Los Angeles where she divides her time between performing, teaching, and journalism. She has toured extensively in the States and abroad both as a sideman and leader of her own trios and quartets. A 2012 Fulbright Scholar, Anne has taught at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia, the University of Southern California, Occidental College and Idyllwild Arts Academy. She is an international clinician and the author of JAZZ VOCAL TECHNIQUES.
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