At Morrison, we believe in the continuous reformation of educational practices to optimize the capacity of all children to learn, and that crucial to this reform is the rethinking of the essential role of music in education.
(MIENC Principle 1)
We have learned the real lesson that music instruction provides for students lies in the focus
, self discipline
, and perseverance
it requires. This is true regardless of whether students are learning to play a stringed instrument, to play within a steel pan ensemble , to stage and perform a musical theater number, to contribute as part of a drum circle, or to play complex polyrhythms - even at the introductory level.
Similar to technology, planning and providing for student learning in the arts is a moving target.
Both fields force learners to master knowledge and higher level thinking skills. And neither is typically supported
by the traditional school system.
So why bother then? Its because of what we learn through music.
Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us.
And isn't that what education is supposed to do?