Western Washington U put out a great white paper on the benefits for students of graduating with an undergraduate music major. Read it here: Why Major In Music.
Peter Kalvage wrote this article in 2006, but it still resonates – more here.
A recent study from the Buffalo Graduate School of Education finds a correlation between reading and writing skills and early childhood music experiences. For more information, click here.
Among the key findings of the 2009 ChorusAmerica Choral Impact Study:
- Adults who sing in choruses are remarkably good citizens.
- Children who sing in choruses have academic success and valuable life skills.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. To read further, click here.
Researchers in Gothenburg, Sweden found that when singers sang in unison, not only did their heart rates slow down, but after a short time their heart beats actually synchronized. Read more here.
Linguist Dr. Karen Ludke of the University of Edinburgh used music and singing to teach English to second language learners but couldn’t find research to support her thinking that this might be more effective than just speaking the language. Turns out she needed to do the research herself. For the full article, click here.
When presented with a description of liberal education … fully 94% of employers say it is important for today’s colleges to provide this type of education, including half (51%) who say it is very important to do so.
– from It Takes More than a Major:
Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success
It Takes More Than a Major – the 2013 employer survey conducted by Hart Research Associates for The Association Of American Colleges and Universities provides some interesting and useful data on the importance of a liberal arts education in the working world. For the full report, click here. For a summary of key findings, click here.