Friday, October 9, 2020
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The Argument for Music Education – Music Education Works

By Dr. J. Pisano , in Music Education Research , at October 9, 2020 Tags:

Three arguments for music education

Image from Pixabay, reproduced under Creative Commons CC0.

A new article by Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles Professor, and Travis White-Schwoch, senior data analyst, both at Northwestern University, summarises the findings from their research to date and looks at three different arguments that might be used to advocate for music:

  • the indirect argument (music learning boosts brain and cognitive function that’s important for non-musical learning)
  • the incentive argument (music learning has direct impacts on measurable learning outcomes such as school exam results)
  • the intangible argument (the deepest benefits can’t be easily measured – eg empathy, pro-social behaviour, controlling our emotions)

Anita Collins then summarised these arguments in the infographic above (and a resource on her Bigger Better Brains membership website), looking at which might be used to best effective with which groups of people.


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