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Will it Make a Difference if we Show them the Evidence?

Will it Make a Difference if we Show them the Evidence?

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Will it make a difference if we show them the evidence? IF we can get the information out to parents, teachers and the 'powers' that be about music's relationship and importance in developing literacy skills, will they listen? In brain research findings, evidence strongly points out that children who use music and movement learn information more easily and retain it longer. In two interviews on BAM! Radio - Music and Learning Channel (one with Donald Hodges, a professor of music and one with John Archambault, c0-author of "Chica Chica Boom Boom"), both discuss how music relates to these important learning skills. Everyone needs to know this information because it is an easy thing to do. There is so much more to say on this subject, but, let's begin here. Your thoughts?

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Christine Termini Passarella's picture
Christine Termini Passarella
Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Hi Maryann,

I think research is vital! The evidence is out there. We know so much more now about how the brain learns, and yet we are not really sharing this with our teachers, parents, children and administrators in ways that can truly transform education. My desire to learn from researchers took me to three summer institutes at Harvard University. I felt even more inspired and empowered learning from the great educators who led these institutes.

Here is great one I would love to attend! If you are in the New York area check it out. It is a one-day symposium for educators and clinicians. This Learning and the Brain Symposium will be held at Columbia University on April 7, 2011. There are also others like it given throughout the world. The opening speaker is the brilliant Dr. Eric R. Kandel! He is a neuroscientist who won the Nobel Prize for his work in the physiology of memory. There are other fabulous speakers who will present that day including Dr. Judy Willis. Dr Willis also presented an illuminating webinar right here for Edutopia.

Click the following link for more information.

Many teachers see firsthand how vital teaching through the arts is, but we must also share the latest research on learning and the brain. Educators must be active in learning the research and bringing it back to their school communities.

Thank you so much Maryann for asking the questions and sharing with this community.

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