I’m glad there is firm support on the current East Penn School Board for a robust music education program. I was reminded of how important this support can be over Thanksgiving, when my family traveled to a district that has eliminated all arts and music as part of short-sighted attempts to cut the budget. Alas, music classes are still considered an optional part of the curriculum even in our own district after the fifth grade. Yet our knowledge of the effect of music on human brain development has advanced enormously since I went to school.
The video below provides an overview of some of that knowledge. It explains WHY learning an instrument improves the brain and HOW these improvements happen in the brain. The bottom line is that learning an instrument is not only a good in itself, it makes students better learners and better thinkers in all aspects of their lives. Take a look: