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Harris Interactive released the results of their Music Education Poll mid-November of last year. Here’s a summary:
- Music education is associated with those that go on to higher education.
- Music education is also associated with higher incomes.
- Music education has some influence on people’s personal level of fulfillment.
- Music education is important in giving people the ability to strive for individual excellence.
- Music education is important for providing a disciplined approach to solving problems.
- Music education is very important in teaching how to work toward common goals.
- Music education is very important in creative problem solving and helping people to be flexible in work situations.
- Music education equips people to be team players in their working environment.
- Music education provides a sense of organization to people.
There is much more in this report. To view the whole report click here.
Although, I’m not one to say music does this and music does that as related to other disciplines as a means of advocacy; I believe that music education is a “stand alone” necessity… that being said, I think that as music educators we need to become more aware that our influence goes far beyond those that decide to become performing musicians, music educators, or those involved in music related fields -music education impacts even those destined not to be creators of music but enjoyers of music. Music is important for everyone, regardless of their future career choice. All students need to have opportunities in music education and we need to ADVOCATE that from the hill tops and mountains! If music does all this and more (as stated in this Harris Poll and COUNTLESS other research studies), then why isn’t what we do in music education being mentioned in EVERY conversation that teachers, administrators, parents, communities, state boards, and the dept. of music education meeting? -talking about not how to just “save music education from extinction” but rather how can we incorporate it into all aspects of learning?
To get some great ideas about integrating music into other disciplines check out this site that has lessons and projects for integrating math, science, and english with music: http://www.connectwithmusic.org/
Food for thought,
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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