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Music and Literacy


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Title: Music and Literacy

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
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
  • So where do we as music educators fit in?
  • This presentation will show the role that music
    can take in academic development

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.

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?

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.

Music and Cognitive Development
  • A study in 1997 showed how music can accelerate
    learning, promote memory development and hand/eye
  • 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!

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
  • 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.

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
  • 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.