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Title: Music and Literacy


1
Music and Literacy
  • Making Music Matter

All deep things are song. It seems somehow the
very central essence of us, song as if all the
rest were but wrappages and hulls! Thomas
Carlyle
2
What is Literacy?
  • Most people think of literacy as the ability to
    read the written word
  • Literacy doesnt pertain only to reading but also
    writing, thinking, talking, listening and
    creating
  • So where do we as music educators fit in?
  • This presentation will show the role that music
    can take in academic development

3
The Disappearing Act
  • Budget cuts have eroded music programs across the
    country for the past 30 years.
  • Organizations such as Vh1s Save the Music
    Foundation have donated over 34 million to 1,400
    public schools in the US helping to keep the
    music alive
  • Unfortunately, music and arts programs are still
    rapidly disappearing.

4
The Disappearing Act
  • Music is deemed frivolous, unimportant and void
    of any academic importance by school
    administrators looking to streamline their
    schools by cutting the arts.
  • How can we as music educators turn around these
    misconceptions of unimportance?
  • How does music actually influence the development
    of children?

5
Music and Cognitive Development
  • Thanks to modern brain research, using music to
    understand the human brain and how it develops,
    music educators have a strengthened position on
    the promotion of music as an academic tool.
  • One example is Howard Gardners Theory of
    Multiple Intelligences which gives music a
    significant place in the development of
    educational programs.
  • A study in 1995 showed that musicians who learned
    to play a string or keyboard instrument before
    adolescence had a larger part of the brain
    devoted to touch perception.

6
Music and Cognitive Development
  • A study in 1997 showed how music can accelerate
    learning, promote memory development and hand/eye
    coordination.
  • It also showed how cognitive processes are aided
    by learning music.
  • The music of Mozart was used in this study as a
    vehicle for remediating audiological and
    neurological dysfunctions and facilitating higher
    levels of brain function.
  • Music companies such as Baby Einstein are
    promoting music as a learning tool in infants and
    some even go as far as to say that Mozart makes
    you smarter!

7
Music and Cognitive Development
  • Howard Gardner supports that everyone has music
    as part of their multiple intelligences and that
    every single child has the ability to develop
    musically.
  • In an article published in 1997, Gardner
    concludes that school districts that "lop off"
    music in a child's education are simply
    "arrogant" and unmindful of how humans have
    evolved with music brains and intelligences.

8
Are we making progress in the promotion of music
as a tool for literacy?
  • Schools in Oakland, CA participate in a music and
    academic fusion program called MILE (Music
    Integrated Literacy Enhancement).
  • MILE is currently being implemented in public
    schools throughout the Oakland Unified School
    District.
  • Academic teachers work together with music
    teachers to create a curriculum that integrates
    math, language literacy and music.
  • Students learn academic material through songs,
    games and instrumental collaborations.
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