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Music with the Brain in Mind - JENSEN, Eric

Brain Store, 2000, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.

If strong evidence supports the value of music in education, why are we still fighting for its inclusion in our schools? This is a complex question with a variety of answers. First, many educators don't know enough about the brain and learning to be able to articulate the value of music to policy-influencing bodies. Second, most teachers don't have a music background, nor do traditional teacher preparation programs train us to incorporate music into the curriculum. Third, all educators are constrained by competing demands on their time and resources, curriculum mandates, and various bureaucratic restraints. And fourth, the policy-making boards that are making curriculum decisions are primarily interested in the input-output ratio that is, cost per student per year in relation to test scores. But, as you'll soon discover, the musical arts are not about school efficiency in the old-style sense. Rather, incorporating music into the standard curriculum is about effectiveness, and nourishing learners and their brain for the long haul a concept that, in the end, may simply develop better citizens for tomorrow. 122pp. Index.


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