We have been having a wonderful time learning about the Elements of Music like tempo (fast and slow), pitch (high and low sounds) and dynamics (loud or quiet). True, there may be budding songwriters in the schools who have their own bands, etc; but my experience indicates that THOSE musicians are not typically ones involved in the school band, chorus, or orchestra, and even if they are, their creative work is occurring outside the school and music room doors.
While parents may hope that enrolling their child in a music program will make her a better student, the primary reasons to provide your child with a musical education should be to help them become more musical, to appreciate all aspects of music, and to respect the process of learning an instrument or learning to sing, which is valuable on its own merit.
Recent Reports from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) confirmed with Governor Davis when they reported Students in art study score higher on both their Verbal and Math SAT tests than those who are not enrolled in arts courses (California Art Study, 2003, p. 5). Attached is a copy of the test scores of students in the arts and students with no arts coursework.
The students in the study who received music instruction had improved sound discrimination and fine motor tasks, and brain imaging showed changes to the networks in the brain associated with those abilities, according to the Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research.
A cassette had the advantage of not only being a great way to listen to your favorite band’s new music release, but eventually you could buy blank tapes, and copy and share music the music you either recorded off the radio, or got from a friend (using a dual cassette boom box).