3 reasons to bring music into the classroom

3 Reasons to Bring Music into the Classroom

Why does music seem to rewire the brain for learning? Studies show a definite link between music 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.

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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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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Kelsey Speer February 22, 2018 - 5:52 pm

As a teacher of students with significant cognitive disabilities, I know music is important in a child’s education and how it offers benefits even beyond itself. I try to incorporate music into everything we do in our classroom! Students with communication needs who are exposed to music can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.


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