We hope you enjoyed the 15th annual Independent Music + Art Festival presented by the Harrison Center and Circle City Apartments , a day-long outdoor festival featuring local musicians, visual artists, and other independents” in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The dual program is designed to provide students with a professional career in music and a depth of understanding in one or more fields of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences. While the arts in the local community should be the initial focus for learning, students are also aware of and interested in the arts from more distant locations and the curriculum provides opportunities to build on this curiosity. Omi International Arts Center, where the Music Omi residency takes place, is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley’s Columbia County.
In fact, a study led by Ellen Winner, professor of psychology at Boston College, and Gottfried Schlaug, professor of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, found changes in the brain images of children who underwent 15 months of weekly music instruction and practice.
These benefits can very much be replicated if music teachers and the school truly recognize and follow the Standards of Music Education. The research that I have come across showed a relationship between music and brain development especially in children and adolescents. Our arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. For 99% of students involved in music enrichment programs (Band, Chorus, Orchestra), creating music will be nothing more than a recreational activity.
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a vibrant and diverse community of staff and students, many of whom enjoy exceptional careers worldwide as both performers and scholars in the finest musical company. I like people citing their ideas too, but this one – music enabling brains to learn better – has been a truism many have known and studied. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and others were composing amazing musical works when they were kids and there weren’t any organized sports programs in schools at the time or professional sports for that matter. I take it from your post that you may not have actually taken a music class in high school. The annual arts & crafts event attracts thousands of visitors and raises thousands of dollars.
Another study showed at-risk students who, for one year, participated in an art- based curriculum raised their standardized language arts test by an average of eight percentile points, 16 percentile points if enrolled for two years. In 1986, the New Music Seminar in New York invited many of Austin’s local bands to their popular music convention, and discussed having another one in Austin the next year, and it would be called the New Music Seminar Southwest. Furthermore, I believe that schools have a responsibility to provide resources that aid in the development of the performing arts and vocational programs. The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.