Music in the Curriculum

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most important, music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning." --Plato

When other curricular areas are integrated with music, learning in these areas becomes more meaningful for students. Classroom teachers often use music as a "connector" in their teaching because they have found that music is an invaluable teaching tool. As a result, students receive a more rounded education. Music is known to contribute to a child’s total education and influence other areas of the curriculum by:

  • enhancing spatial reasoning ability, a key for unlocking math and developing the scientific mind
  • developing the ability to understand and use symbols in new contexts
  • helping students discover how to use mathematics in new ways
  • developing decoding and interpretation skills
  • increasing vocabulary and language skills
  • discovering and developing personal creativity
  • allowing students to exercise problem-solving sills
  • encouraging students to develop self-discipline

Excerpt from: “Connecting with Music” by Ruth Argabright, Chair of Society for General Music Source: General Music Today. Winter 2005, Vol. 18 Issue 2, P5-6.

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