is a rare gem to offer music therapy as part of its program to educate the whole child. As Mrs. Bennett related to us, it is about connections. For the analytical types out there who need some hard facts, important research below: For everyone else, a fun video of one music day at the Madonna School follows J Madonna School
*In the last five years researchers also have begun to explore the benefits of an arts education on a child’s mind. In particular, the field of neuroscience is beginning to unravel the many ways that the arts can influence cognitive development. Their findings include:
· Music training is closely correlated with the development of phonological awareness—one of the most important predictors of early reading skills.
· Children who practiced a specific art form developed improved attention skills and improved general intelligence. Training their attention and focus also leads to improvement in other cognitive domains.
· Arts Integration techniques, which use multiple senses to repeat information, cause more information to be stored in long-term—as opposed to short-term—memory, and may actually change the structure of the neurons.
*From the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities 2011 Study.
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