Making Music Minimizes Mistakes

instrumentThe connection between music and mathematics has long been a topic of conversation, but recently a study by Dr. Ines Jentzsch at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, has confirmed the link between music and decreasing mistakes, and actually better picking up on them. Beyond the news post at the St. Andrews University Website, the actual study also appears online at ScienceDirect.

Here, again, is more evidence that the arts play a much larger role in developing minds beyond the obvious creativity values we all treasure. A great question to ask your class, or at a faculty meeting, and even a corporate board meeting is “Do you play, or have you ever played a musical instrument…?“ Include vocals in that question, too. You may find smiles all around. Jentzch’s findings hold true for the amateur musician as well as the virtuoso.

The connection between music and making fewer mistakes is another reason to keep the arts in school. If you’ve ever tried taking music lessons, you know that there’s a lot of failure before there’s any success. Most often “what goes round and round and comes out there” is a cacophony rather than a symphony. But in the kindest and most soothing way possible, music lets our children learn to succeed by failing… just a little. And if the chosen instrument happens to be a tuba rather than a piano, it doesn’t matter; music is part of the learning process, along with making mistakes and learning to discover them. For the adults our children will become, support the arts in schools!

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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