Neuroscientists have already determined that no other activity including sports engages so many parts of the brain simultaneously. To deny children adequate exposure to compulsory music programming in the school system in our society is irresponsible and elitist. Many students are not adequately privileged to have access to private music specialists such as me. This gives a specific demographic an unfair advantage in terms of enhanced scholastic aptitude, problem solving skills, emotional intelligence development, spatial mathematical reasoning, and true multi-tasking abilities unlike the linear thinking that is common place in other subjects. I recommend watching this excellent TED-ED video How Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain by Anita Collins.
The outcome of withholding compulsory music programming, is denying a specific demographic the opportunity to the develop the skills most revered by future employers. John Keiser, Executive Vice President and Provost at the New World Symphony discusses this in his article 10 Reason why Classical Musicians Make the Best Employees. With regards to another spectrum of life, having briefly attended the Family Medicine Forum as a guest in Toronto in November 2015, involvement in music programming is of
increasing interest to the medical community in the studies of Alzheimer’s prevention, pain management strategy, mental health therapy and more.
In a world that focuses largely on visual stimulation, it is critical, in my opinion, that we teach our youth how to listen and communicate via a universal language. Music does that too.
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