Music and Cognitive Development

 

There is an increasing body of research that demonstrates that musical training at an early age, besides its wonderful effects on the human spirit and psyche, and the cultural understanding that it fosters, can have a significant beneficial effect on the cognitive development of children--which will improve the students' learning of mathematics, science, language arts, reading, and indeed-- all subjects.

Below are some links to articles on the Internet, regarding this type of research. Many more can be found, by searching the Internet. If you have any suggestions for other links to include, please let me know.

There is also a whole section (farther down) with many links to articles about the national obsession with high-stakes testing, which in my opinion, with its narrowing of the curriculum to "teach to the test", with more time being spent on testing than learning,  is very destructive to children's education in this country. There are also links to organizations of people trying to change that trend, including an online resolution you can sign.

(Note: The files denoted as (PDF), are in .PDF file format, and require the installation of a PDF reader application or plug-in to read. Most computers come with one pre-installed, but if yours does not, you will have to install one, in order to read those files. They are all free to download and use, for example Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader.)

 

 

Music and Cognitive Development in Children

 

 

 

 

Music Training Changes Brain Networks

 

 

 

 

Can Music Instruction Affect Children's Cognitive Development?  (PDF)

 

 

 

¿Puede Afectar la Instrucción en la Música el Desarrollo Cognitivo de los Niños?  (PDF)

(Español)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Music of Language  (Audio Slide Show)

 

 

 

Speaking in Tones

 

 

 

 

Chorus Impact Study

 

 

 

 

Chorus Impact Study--Summary  (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

Chorus Impact Study--Full Report (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution 355 (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Music Improves Test Scores--Ten Year Study(PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

The Learning of Music as a Means to Improve Mathematical Skills (PDF)

 

 

 

 

Music and Language Proficiency (PDF)

 

 

 

 

Pitch and Language

 

 

 

 

 

Music and Foreign Language Learning (including ESL)

 

 

 

 

 

Music Lessons Enhance IQ (PDF)

 

 

 

 

Just the Facts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music and Academic Achievement (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Training Changes Children's Brains

 

 

 

 

Why Music Is Good for You

 



Music Training Boosts the Brain

 

 

 

 

 

Music Lessons Build Brainpower

(LA Times--April 25,2010)

 

 

 

 

Effects of Music Training on Brain and Cognitive Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Training and Cognitive Development of Children

 

 

 

 

 

The Effects of Musical Training on Structural Brain Development (PDF)

 

 

 

 

Listening to and Making Music Facilitates Brain Recovery Processes (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematical Reasoning and Literacy Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Musical Training Affects Brain Development

 

 

 

Musical Training Enhances Brainstem Sensitivity to Speech Sounds

 

 

 

Music Training Linked To Enhanced Verbal Skills

 

 

 

Tuning the Human Auditory System

 

 

 

Enhancement of Intelligence

 

 

 

 

Musical Practice

 

 

 

 

Hearing Ability

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Music Education

 

 

 

 

 

Music Lessons Hold the Key

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Lessons Improve Kid's Brain Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can Music Really Improve the Mind?

 

 

 

 

Music and Cognitive Development

 

 

 

 

Tales of Music And The Brain

 

 

 

 

 

Theory of Multiple Intelligences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music and Achievement

 

 

 

 

 

Music Beats Computers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injured Congresswoman Recovers Her Speech Through Music

 

 

Singing Can Help Repair Brain Damage

 

 

Music and Brain Healing-Links

 

 

Music and Brain Healing-Projects

 

 

Music Shows Potential in Stroke Rehabilitation

 

 

How an Appreciation for the Arts May Boost Stroke Recovery

 

 

 

Music and the Brain

 

 

 

Music and the Mind

 

 

 

The Effects of Musical Training on Structural Brain Development (PDF)

 

 

Musicians' Brains Are Highly Developed

 

 

Musical Training Offsets Aging

 

 

 

Musical Training Has Biological Impact On Aging Process

 

 

 

Musicians Have Biological Advantage In Identifying Emotion In Sound

 

 

Everyday Arts in Special Education

 

 

EASE (see above) as implemented in District 75, New York City

 

 

 

 

Letter from LAUSD Superintendent to School Board, 1884 (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Play and Study Music?

 

 

 

 

 

Music Lessons Help Children Climb the Intelligence Scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strong Links Found Between Arts Education and Cognitive Development 

 

 

 

 

Eloquent Evidence

 

 

 

Why Arts Education is Crucial 

 

 

 

Arts at the Core  (PDF)

 

 

 The Impact of the Arts on Learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts and School Achievement

 

 

 

 

Arts Education and Cognitive Development

 

 

 

 

Critical Links-Learning in the Arts-Summary

 

 

 

Critical Links-Learning in the Arts-Book (PDF)

(major research compendium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts and Student Success

 

 

 

Arts With the Brain in Mind

(book on arts education and brain development)

 

 

 

 

Brain Scientists Identify Close Links Between Arts and Learning

 

 

 

 

Six Practical Reasons Arts Education Is More Than a Luxury

 

 

 

 

Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning, Arts, and the Brain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention May Link Arts and Intelligence

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arts Will Help School Accountability

 

 

 

 

Hobbling Arts Hobbles Innovation

 

 

Keeping Classroom Creativity Alive

 

 

Discussion With State Education Superintendents (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAT Scores PDF)

 

 

 

 

Lower Dropout Rates

 

 

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth (PDF)

 

 

Educational Inequity

 

 

The Arts Boost Learning and Achievement for Students

 

 

Arts Integration and Joyful Learning

 

 

The Arts are Essential      (PDF)

 

Las Artes son Esencial (PDF) (espa~nol)

 

California Arts Education Summit

 

Arts Education Hearing at the Capitol

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Quotes

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Links to Music Education Research

 

 

Music Education and the Brain

 

 

 

 

 

Support Music Brochure (PDF)

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No Child Left Behind

 

The "No Child Left Behind" act (2001), lists the arts as core academic curriculum.  It is about time for it to be actually treated as such in the schools.

 

 

No Subject Left Behind

(A Guide to Arts Education Opportunities in the 2001 NCLB Act)

 

 

Is Music Being Left Behind?

 

 

 

A Child Left Behind

 

 

 

 

Not on the Test

(do not miss this excellent video)

 

 

 

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

(insightful essay on standardized testing by a high school senior, published in the Washington Post)

 

 

Is Standardized Testing an Affront to Children's Human Rights?

(report from the UK, where there is much less of it than here)

 

Testing Culture Flunks

 

Testing Frenzy Crosses Insanity Line

 

 

The Myths of Standardized Tests 

(Why They Don't Tell You What You Think They Do)

 

 

How standardized tests are affecting public schools

(from the Washington Post)

 

 

High-Stakes Testing Fact Sheet

English

Español

 

Referendum on High-States Testing

English

Español

 

 

Governor Jerry Brown Calls for Fewer School Tests

 

Jerry Brown to Arne Duncan: Think Again!

 

I Am More Than a Test Score

 

 Matt Damon Speaks to Teachers

 

Jon Stewart on Teachers

 

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests

 

Letter from former US Secretary of Education, Rod Paige

 

New US Dept of Education Report on Arts Education (PDF)

US Dept of Ed Blog About that Report

 

 

Title I Funds and Arts Education (PDF)

Fondos de Título I y la Educación en las Artes (PDF) (esp)

Ask State Supt. Torlakson to Help with Title I Funds

Parents Sue LAUSD For Misuse of $25 Billion of Title I Funds

 

Deasy Must Go

 

 

Texas School Boards Got it Right!

 

 

Sign the Resolution

 

NY Principals:

A ‘Wrecking Ball’ of Reform Aimed at Schools

 

 

Texas Parents Revolt!

(a Stinking Mess!)

 

Parent Revolution in Seattle

 

Parents and Kids Against Standardized Testing

 

Movement Against Standardized Testing Grows

 

When test scores seem too good to believe

 

Michelle Rhee's Cheating Scandal

 

Shame on Michelle Rhee!

 

Parents--Send in Your Complaints!

(ACLU Complaint about TestCentric Education)

 

United Opt-Out Movement

 

United Opt-Out Movement--Texas

 

United Opt-Out Movement--California

 

Opt Out of Standardized Tests

 

Parents Across America

 

Parents for Great Education

 

Parents United for Responsible Education

 

 

The Power of Parent Participation (PDF)

 

 

Fair Test

 

Fair Testing Campaign (PDF)

 

California Coalition for 21st Century Schools

 

Campaign for Quality Education

 

 

 

Diane Ravitch on the Arts in Education

 

 

No Subject Left Behind

(article by Diane Ravitch)

 

 

How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (Book-Amazon.com)

(book by Diane Ravitch)

 

 

 

School Reform

(Wall Street Journal Op-Ed by Diane Kravitch)

 

 

 

The Obsession with Testing is Nuts

(By Diane Ravitch in the Huffington Post)

 

 

Do Standardized Tests Undermine Our Education System? (audio)

(Diane Ravitch interviewed by Patt Morrison, 2012)

 

                        

Diane Ravitch Speech

(at UTLA, September 24, 2010)

                            

Diane Ravitch UTLA Speech 2012   (video)

 

 

War On Schools

(article by Diane Ravitch)

 

                                                     

Ravitch-- Why California Gives Me Hope

(she must not be considering LAUSD)

 

 

 

 

School Assessments Should Go Beyond Standardized Tests

 

 

What Can We Learn from Finland?

 

 

Why are Finland's Schools Successful?

 

 

Finnish Lessons

 

 

Academic Fraud--Does Anyone Care?

 

 

 

The Pearsonizing of the American Mind

 

 

 

Is Your School Infected?

 

 

What Should Worry Parents?

 

 

Education Questions for Federal and State Candidates (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Groban Congressional Testimony (video)

 

 

 

 

 

The Case for Music in the Schools (video)

 

 

 

 

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Music and Art Education (video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music and Arts Standards

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Education Blog

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (PDF)

 

 

 

 

Listen to Secretary Duncan on Arts Education (MP3)

 

or

 

Read the Transcript of His Speech (PDF)

 

 

 

Palermo on Duncan

 

 

 

Teachers on Duncan

 

 

Should the US Secretary of Education Share the Stage with a Person Under Investigation by His Department?

 

 

Race to Nowhere

 

President Obama, after you are re-elected in November, isn't it about time that you Dump the Dunc? Arne Duncan has been a disaster for public education in this country, causing a whole generation of children to get a substandard dumbed-down narrowed education that is actually nothing more than learning how to take tests. It ihas enriched the pocketbooks of the testmakers, consultants, and data processors, but has been a total disaster for our children.. ..Please appoint Diane Ravitch as your next Secretary of Education. Thank you, Mr. President.

 

Nine Million Reasons To Speak Up (Video)

 

 

Speak Up for Education

 

 

LA Education Blog--4lakids

 

 

K12 Education News Network

 

 


 

 

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LAUSD Arts Education Branch

 

 

LAUSD Music Web Site

 

 

 

Important Note--The Future of Music Education in LAUSD is now in jeopardy!

The proposed LAUSD budget for the coming school year 2012-13 totally eliminates all elementary music and arts instruction in the district. Please contact your school board member to tell them how essential music is for your child's education, that it cannot be eliminated! Go to a school board meeting and speak out. Click here and here for more information (clic aquí para informaciones en español)

Primarias se quedarán sin clases de arte

 

Write a Letter

 

Escribe una Carta

 

Please visit the following web sites, to get more information, and help in the effort to retain arts education in LAUSD

 

Arts for LA

 

Friends of the Arts in LAUSD Facebook Page

 

Parents For Arts Education

 

Friends of the Arts in LAUSD

 

 

Great Tragedy

 

Letter to the LAUSD School  Board from the LA Music Center

 

LA Times--LAUSD board meets to discuss fate of elementary school arts education (2010)

 

LAUSD Special Board Meeting on Arts Education--January 19, 2010

(Very interesting to watch the video.)

 

 

 

 Arts Education Ad in the LA Times

 

 

 

Commentary--"The Wrap"