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  • Perspective: Advocacy Ammo Incoming

    Mike Lawson | September 17, 2014

    So, how’s that national conversation about the impact of music education going?

    If Internet search results are any indication, there may be sunny days ahead for music advocates, teachers, and directors, even those whose school programs are under siege by budget-focused administrators looking to wield the proverbial axe.

    A recent search for “music education” in Google’s “News” search bar yielded the following headlines:

    Study: Music Education Could Help Close The Achievement Gap ... (Huffington Post-Sep 2, 2014)

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  • Does Music Make You Smarter?

    Mike Lawson | December 12, 2013

    And does it matter?

    A recent study by researchers at Harvard University calls into question the general assumption that music study helps students perform better in other academic areas. While many studies on this subject continue to be in their infancy and there are countless correlations between achievement and intensive musical training, according to an article in The Boston Globe from 12/11/2013, it's not so clear cut, and it turns out that this might not be a bad thing. 

    Contrary to popular belief, a study — led by a Harvard graduate student who plays the saxophone, flute, bassoon, oboe, and clarinet — found no cognitive benefits to music lessons.

    The finding, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, is bound to make arts advocates cringe, as it overturns an argument that is often used to bolster the case for music education: it’ll make kids better at math.

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