Music Education Is More Important Than People Realise

This past month the Doug Ford government cut funding to arts education. For those who are not involved in the arts this doesn’t seem like a big problem, but it could actually be harming our students’ chances of success in other classes, especially math.

An elementary school in California developed a new way to help younger students learn math by having them play the equation through tapping out rhythms.

An innovative curriculum uses rhythm to teach fractions at a California school where students in a music-based programme scored significantly higher on math tests than their peers who received regular instruction.

“Academic Music” is a hands-on curriculum that uses music notation, clapping, drumming and chanting to introduce third-grade students to fractions.

The Telegraph

There was also a study done where they looked at how big an impact listening to music in class during math would have on test scores, again those with music involved in their curriculum scored almost 40% higher than those without.

While just listening to music while working on math may be incredibly helpful, especially with fractions, playing music is even more advantageous, because at the heart of it all every piece of music is a giant math equation. You need to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of math in order to score and play music. So it is safe to say that playing and writing music can also help with the reverse.

Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been heavily involved in research on music and cognitive performance. She gives far more credit to the active playing of instruments than simply passive listening.

In her 2006 article published in the Educational Psychologist, she explains that “young children provided with instrumental instruction score significantly higher on tasks measuring spatial-temporal cognition, hand-eye coordination and arithmetic.” Part of this is due to the amount of overlap between music skills and math skills. For example, Rauscher says the part-whole concept that is necessary for understanding fractions, decimals and per cents is highly relevant in understanding rhythm. “A literate musician is required to continually mentally subdivide beat to arrive at the correct interpretation of rhythmic notation,” she writes. “The context has changed, but the structure of the problem is essentially the same as any part-whole problem posed mathematically.”

Vancouver Sun

While music can help with math directly, it can also indirectly help with almost every other subject. Playing an instrument takes dedication, perseverance and hard work. All skills that will bleed into other subjects at school, as well as into the daily lives of musicians. Not to mention, your fine motor skills are also improved by playing an instrument. Your hand eye coordination, memory, and even lung capacity can be built up through playing an instrument. Musicians are generally more confident and outgoing, which can lead to more success later in life due to networking and being able to build relationships . But confidence also helps in school because confident students second guess themselves less, which can help improve grades on tests, and also help during presentations.

Music education is incredibly important, and we shouldn’t lose site of that. Improving the lives and education of the younger generations should be bi-partisan. It shouldn’t even be political to begin with.





Streaming Is Killing The Music Industry

By Noi Ya

Very few artists nowadays are in it for the money, most of the ones I’ve spoken to at least have their hearts in the right place and enough drive to make reasonable decisions in terms of income and business ventures. From what I’ve seen (in Canada at least) the product is there. The support is there. And (as much as I hate to say it) the labels are here too. But there’s no money.

It’s gotten so bad now that it’s started turning into a meme the, “DUDES, our song got streamed half a million times, we made six bucks” thing we’ve all become familiar with and I’m sure hear about endlessly. So, here we are in a pretty significant pickle, and people expect some groundbreaking solution that makes everything easier for everyone. There is none.

Artists deserve a minimum wage. With artist unions becoming powerless in the last few generations the only voices we have that will speak on the behalf of the collective are the singers or the managers (who also have less than wholesome goals in mind).

Recently there’s been promotions giving consumers a “deal”. $5 for the entire platforms library of music(which is quite a bit of music). The issue here lies in the payment to the artists supplying this library. Even very prominent artists have started to feel the pinch. $5 is less than a CD ten years ago. So how is this possible? It’s not. If you want to support an artist buy a shirt or the record online. Share their music on social media. Tell your friends about them. Play them loud at parties. If you don’t want to support them and don’t give a fuck about your friends in the art world. Stream.