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    Archive for July, 2011

    Study music to improve test scores

    By - 12 Jul 2011

    High stakes tests have had a tremendous impact in curriculum and pedagogy. Often, when greater emphasis is placed on national exams, which are used as a gauge of school quality, teachers are tempted to teach to the test. Also, schools tend to decrease time dedicated to courses such as art, music and foreign languages, which are not included in these tests. More time is dedicated to reading and math at the expense of the arts and music, in order to improve scores. This is problematic because music and the arts, which are courses that are often the first to be cut, can contribute to improved test scores in mathematics and reading. This video shows a number of news clips regarding the relationship between music and improved learning.

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