Quote Robindell:Perhaps. But can it boost "academic performance" better than, say, studying a topic more instead of the same time spent in music education? What about listening to such music while doing homework instead of studying it? I'm not getting much in the way of real research here... but I'm beginning to sense a certain amount of tunnel vision... or you're citing studies funded by out of work music teachers.
You apparently didn't read what I wrote. I said that universities -- which educate all elementary and secondary school teachers -- have music departments, which in conjunction with schools of education train music teachers. Although art and music may be subjective, there are objective, even technical elements that go into making art or music. I pointed out above that educators have said that there is some evidence that playing music or at least learning something about it can boast academic performance.
I loved classical music when I was young. I used to go to sleep listening to the local station. But being forced to watch Leonard Bernstein specials when I was in 4th grade really didn't help my grades because they weren't the pieces I liked... and when I was getting into top 40 radio. And I think this issue will happen whenever there's a conflict between what one likes and what we're told we must appreciate. There's 7-8 billion people on the planet. We don't all have to appreciate what you do.
And in a nutshell... this whole thread sums up the farce of a classical liberal education. Since I was in the college track in HS we had to learn certain subjects... and one was a foreign language. I made the mistake of taking Latin and I hated it. I spent a summer in summer school to change my D into a C. When I was an undergrad all I cared about was Sociology and Political Science... but there was ANOTHER f*ckin foreign language requirement.
I really tire of this academic police state mentality.