As we await the results of the Colorado State University study on the role of singing and playing wind and brass instruments in the spread of COVID-19, there is a study available now that gives us some potentially important information.
Thoughts on the arts and their role in education and everyday life.
The American Psychological Association recently published an article that repeats what we already know: that, on average, music students perform better in their non-music classes than non-music students do. Arts educators and institutions have shared this article in droves recently. As arts educators, we know why music students perform better in their non-music classes than their peers. Music students have to think in multi-dimensional ways. They have to be able to take a chord and analyze and think about it and visualize it like Tony Stark was able to visualize holographic 3D models of his next invention. Music students have to learn perseverance; one can’t rehearse a four-measure phrase for an hour without some measure of stick-with-itness. But… [Read more…] about The Value of Arts Education