"Best Community For Music Education"
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I am so thankful I have the opportunity within this website to share with you the many facets of your child's elementary music education. Although I often see many of you at our annual Meet Me in Music program, it is just a small portion of what we do each week throughout the year. I encourage you to search the various links throughout this page which will help keep you up-to-date on current activities in my classes.
Many of you may not be aware that Elementary Music Education is not a "special" subject anymore and hasn't been in quite some time. The arts are recognized as a core subject in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act which was approved by both houses of Congress in 1994. There are National Music Content Standards, as well as, Pennsylvania State Standards in the Arts and Humanities. I am please to have the opportunity to share these with you. Please locate the "State & National Standards" link which will take you to a comprehensive summary of the current standards.
In addition to these content standards, there are numerous studies and documents that acknowledge the importance of music education for your child. Although somewhat lengthy, the article entitled "The Benefits of Music Education" cites studies which support the inclusion of music as a core subject. If you have the time, I am sure you will find it worth reading. I'd like to leave you with two thoughts and an open invitation to call or email me at any time regarding any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's progress.
*Music students out-perform non-music students on achievement tests in reading and math. Skills such as reading, anticipating, memory, listening, forecasting, recall, and concentration are developed in music performance, and these skills are valuable to students in math, reading, and science. -B Firedman, "An Evaluation of the Achievement in Reading and Arithmetic of Pupils in Elementary School Music Classes," Dissertation Abstracts International.
*One in three of today's school-aged children will hold an arts-related job at some time in his or her career. -Education Commission on the States.
All the best to you,
Mrs. Lisa Judkins