Study: Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

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But the chicken-and-egg question lingers: Is this effect due to their musical training? Or are sharper, more motivated kids more likely to take up an instrument? While it doesnt provide a definitive answer, new research from Germany presents evidence that improved academic performance truly is a result of musical training. Even after controlling for a large number of parental background differences, learning a musical instrument is associated with better cognitive skills and school grades, as well as higher conscientiousness, openness and ambition, report Adrian Hille and Jurgen Schupp of the German Institute for Economic Research. Reverse causality is highly unlikely to entirely explain our results, they add.
For more information, visit http://www.salon.com/2013/12/04/study_music_lessons_boost_emotional_intellectual_development_partner/

Plan to cut music lessons

Too much use was made of verbal communication and non-musical activities. Inspectors observed music lessons 184 primary, secondary and special schools. Girl, 11, raped by schoolboy street gang members in McDonald’s restaurant toilet They found that standards had barely improved since the last inspection of music provision three years ago. Nearly two thirds of schools were failing to provide a good standard of music education – and lessons in one in five were inadequate. In too many of the lessons observed, teachers spent significant amounts of time talking pupils through lengthy learning objectives that were not related to the language of musical sound, the report said. More classes now involve theory rather than practical work Survey evidence showed, very clearly, that pupils made the most musical progress when they were taught in music, rather than about music. Even in instrumental lessons, too much teaching was poor. Inspectors found examples where ensembles were allowed to carry on making a dreadful sound.
For more information, visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109034/The-school-music-lessons-music.html

The school music lessons with no… music: Thousands of classes involve barely a note being played

Practice makes perfect: More schools are failing pupils with music lessons involving very little practical learning

Withdrawing the service would save the council 573,000 over the five year period covered by the report. A concerned parent who contacted the Observer about the proposals said it is unfair that this Stirling-wide service should be in the firing line when funding for Raplochs Big Noise project is so high and still protected. It is the view of many parents that the council has a warped sense of priorities in that the musical education of a small number of children in the Big Noise project is somehow more important than the musical education of children at the 36 other primary schools in Stirling, they said. The council was warned repeatedly of the effective apartheid in musical education that would result from funding Big Noise in this way – and that is effectively exactly what we are seeing now. A spokesperson for Stirling Council said: The Big Noise initiative is as much about transforming the life chances of some of the young people in Raploch as it is about teaching them how to play musical instruments. For that reason, Stirling Council has made a commitment of 320,000 of funding in the current year, supplementing the funding that Big Noise receives from Sistema Scotland, the Scottish Government and the private sector. Stirling Councils contribution will come largely from the Early Years Change Fund, which is a ring-fenced central government fund. The Priority Based Budgeting Report, on which people across the whole Stirling area are currently being consulted, contains a range of options, including withdrawing the provision of visiting music specialists.
For more information, visit http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/plan-cut-music-lessons-stirling-2881384

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