Why art matters…

 

Why art matters…

 

  •  “Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.”

By Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida, Cari A. Bogulski, Anne Kraybill, Collin Hitt, & Daniel H. Bowen. Arts Education Matters: We Know, We Measured It

 

  • “Learning to play a musical instrument or to sing can help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills. Learning to make music appears to remodel our kids’ brains in ways that facilitates and improves their ability to learn.”

 

American Psychological Association (APA). (2014, August 8). Musical training offsets some academic achievement gaps, research says. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 9, 2016

 

  • “On cognitive testing, adult musicians and musically trained children showed enhanced performance on several aspects of executive functioning. Executive functions are the high-level cognitive processes that enable people to quickly process and retain information, regulate their behaviors, make good choices, solve problems, plan and adjust to changing mental demands. Executive functioning is a strong predictor of academic achievement even more than IQ.”

Jennifer Zuk, Christopher Benjamin, Arnold Kenyon, Nadine Gaab. Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Executive Functioning in Musicians and Non-Musicians. PLoS ONE, 2014; 9 (6): e99868 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0099868

 

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