26 Jan Promises of Music in Education?
ABSTRACT: The article examines the evolving educational landscape, emphasizing the increasing need for skills like problem-solving and social abilities. It focuses on the potential of music in supporting learning, reviewing evidence from various settings. The discussion covers formal music training showing structural brain changes in children engaged in music. Intervention studies highlight improved cognitive and language skills following intensive music training. Informal music activities at home show correlations with enhanced attention and social skills in children. Community-based projects in schools and extracurricular settings demonstrate positive impacts on neurocognitive functions and academic performance. However, the article notes limitations such as high dropout rates and the need for more robust experimental designs in real-life settings to fully understand the impact of music on learning and cognitive development.
AUTHOR SUMMARY: Mari Tervaniemi, Sha Tao, Minna Huotilainen