Advocacy for Music Education Needs to Change: Anita Collins



The way we have been advocating for music education so far has been built upon well-meaning statements about how music benefits kids. But it needs changing. This is the view of Dr Anita Collins, a widely respected authority in neuromusical research and campaigner in music education. She was for instance the expert and one of the main on-screen speakers in the ABC TV’s three-part documentary Don’t Stop the Music last year.

Collins co-wrote an essay in The Conversation last November that cogently draws together current thinking and research on the importance of music in the lives of young children. Misty Adoniou, a research colleague in linguistics at the University of Canberra, joined her writing in this essay. Their conclusion was that the linkage between neuroscience, music and language acquisition has now clearly been established. “Put simply, learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read,” they wrote. Full story.

Graham Strahle (Music Australia) / January 24, 2019

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