Each year of my life, more and more “proof” is uncovered about music and the brain. When I was a kid, we all thought the smart kids played in the band. Now we understand that playing in the band makes kids smarter. Music makes you smarter. Yet, every year, more school music programs are cut out of the budget. Principles and school boards are under severe pressure to raise test scores. We have already seen the complete failure of the idiotic teaching to the test of “no child left behind.”
Good strides are being made now with the new “Common Core” standards. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. I would just like to see that next step which would guarantee more learning, more graduating and more off to college. That next step is mandatory music education for every student. Unfortunately, some school districts are still hard-headed about the value of music and learning.
In the heart of gang-territory in Los Angeles, a private-funded group called “The Harmony Project” is making a difference. When they saw the changes in kids’ lives with 93% of the participants graduating from high school and going to college, it was time to call in an expert to measure these kid’s brains to see what was going on.
See for yourself what playing music can do for your kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces. See what playing music might do for you.