Author Archives: lvjohnston
It may seem more like playtime when I am practicing, writing or recording tracks but I will assure anyone that asks, being able to record using any modern technology is not something that most people would be willing to do … Continue reading
Not too long ago a music app could have been a windup metronome and a tape recorder (remember those?). Those days are gone, and apps have the capabilities to allow musicians to record music, tune their instrument, keep a beat, … Continue reading
A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Courtesy of the University of Florida
Nothing more to add this (when done well, an infographic provides all the content and context necessary).
Arts: The full value of music education Waco Tribune-Herald One of the bigger ideas unpacked in this study is the way music instruction stimulates the brain to excel in non-related areas, many of which are the subject of hand-wringing when it comes…
A news article from the Waco Trib as a followup to the recent study on cognitive development and the ‘executive’ brain functions done by Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital.
Of note are the final thoughts that David Smith closed the piece.
"… this study indicates that slashing the arts from schools — in hopes that more time, effort and resources could be devoted to raising test scores in math and science — may be counterproductive.
Whether all this makes any difference depends on whether the goal of public education is to turn out well-developed people who can reason, think critically and keep several complex ideas straight in their heads at the same time."
I would further state that while these goals might be implied of the public education system in our modern times, as a parent of three children who have gone through the system, that is not always the end result. As parents, we had our work cut out for us to instill the desire to reason clearly, think critically and not be "another brick in the wall".
Sadly, not all parents even understand what’s missing in their children’s curriculum and how to allow for remediation of those vital elements at home.
LV Johnston’s insight: Though slanted toward the elementary ed crowd and specifically aimed at brass players, the ten points Carrie Wilbe has listed here can easily be adapted to any instrument. They incorporate just the right amount of balance between fun and the derived educational benefits. Continue reading
See on Scoop.it – The Musician’s Brand Why should small businesses pay attention to their brand? Find out how you can make a stronger impression on your customers and prospects. LV Johnston‘s insight: As the ultimate ‘small business’, a solo … Continue reading
See on Scoop.it – Music Education on the web A new study examined whether an extended music education had an impact on pupils’ experienced satisfaction with the school. LV Johnston‘s insight: Again and again, in study after study, the same … Continue reading