Why Music, Part 5: Music And Education

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Music hubs fail to provide successful music education in schools

The Test The public school I attended as a boy would loan instruments to students who were committed to studying, but first you had to pass the test. In the first grade I decided to take up the flute, so my mother made me an appointment with the music administrator — a stern old man in a stuffy little room in the school basement. I don’t remember exactly what the tests were — something about clapping a pattern with one hand while tapping your foot to another, and maybe singing along to the melody he played on the piano. What I do clearly remember, however, is that I failed that test.
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The argument further predicts that the training ought to reduce a particular type of error: one in which a child reads the phonetic sounds correctly but gets the rhythm wrong; they segment the word into syllables incorrectly, or they accent the wrong syllable. This prediction was not supported. All in all, this study seems to be an important additionalthough certainly not a conclusive oneto the argument that some types of music training aids childrens learning to read, at least in certain languages.
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Music education helps kids learn to read — study

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The watchdog found that there is often a lack of support for this subject in schools because both head teachers and other school leaders do not have enough knowledge of music education, and there is a gap between the knowledge of staff and the knowledge that is needed to support music education. Ofsted have previously found that there is a vast range in the quality of music education that is provided in schools. The majority give pupils an inadequate coverage with an often poor musical content. The report ask music hubs to produce a plan for school music education to address the issues found and Ofsted make several recommendations for improvement. Music hubs need to promotes themselves as expert leaders of music education in their local area and that they are not just a provider of music services to schools. They also need to have regular discussions with their schools about the quality of music education that they are providing.
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