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Does Playing The Piano Make You Smarter? hr

Playing music isn't just fun, it's educational!

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...the children of the Baby Boom generation have set off a population explosion in the nation's schools? The dramatic enrollment growth, known as the Baby Boom Echo, began in the nation's elementary schools in 1984, and elementary enrollment has increased annually since then. At the secondary level, annual enrollment increases began in 1991 and are expected to continue through the year 2007.

  • Classical Music's Traditional Audience Is Graying.
    By the year 2030, approximately half of our nation's population will be over 65 years of age. Music educators have the power to make Classical music matter again to young people.

  • Music Students Are Scoring.
    Music students are outperforming non-music students on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). College-bound seniors with coursework or experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion and 37 points higher on the math portion of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.

  • Music Is Beating Computers
    at Enhancing Early Childhood Development. Music training, specifically piano instruction, is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills necessary for learning math and science. Learning music at an early age causes long-term enhancement of spatial- temporal reasoning.

  • Music Enhances Linguistic Skills.
    Music -- specifically song -- is one of the best training grounds for babies learning to recognize the tones that add up to spoken language.

  • America Is A Country Full Of Music-Makers.
    113 million, or 53%, of Americans over the age of 12 are current or former music makers.

  • Americans Say Schools Should Offer Instrumental Music Instruction
    as part of the regular curriculum. 88% of respondents indicated this in a 1997 "American Attitudes Towards Music" Gallup poll.

  • Scientists, Therapists Agree: Music Heals More Than Just The Spirit.
    Music benefits older adults. Active music-making positively affects the biology and behavior of Alzheimer's patients.

  • The Window Of Opportunity For Studying Music
    is between the ages of three and ten. This is the time when we are the most receptive to and able to process music.

  • Studying Music Strengthens Students' Academic Performance.
    Rhode Island studies have indicated that sequential, skill-building instruction in art and music integrated with the rest of the curriculum can greatly improve children's performance in readi ng and math.

  • Music and Spatial Task Performance: A Causal Relationship.
    Music lessons, and even simply listening to music, can enhance spatial reasoning performance, a critical higher-brain function necessary to perform complex tasks including mathematics.

  • The Mozart Effect
    surfaced about four years ago when research uncovered that adults who listened to music of complexity for ten minutes or so experienced temporary increases in their spatial IQ scores.

  • Music Is One of Our Greatest Economic Exports.
    "The arts are an economic plus -- second only to aerospace as our most lucrative national export."

  • Music Teacher Expertise is a Critical Factor in Student Learning.
    Research indicates that teachers of all subjects -- including music -- who are more experienced and educated are more effective in the classroom. Consequently, students learn more from them.

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