Music education readies students for learning by helping to develop their basic mental skills and capacities. Music instruction enhances fine motor skills, prepares the brain for achievement, fosters superior working memory and cultivates better thinking skills.
Not only do students who study music develop musical abilities, they receive benefits that extend to other academic areas. Music education advances math achievement, boosts reading and language arts skills and increases average SAT scores, leading to overall scholastic success. Music learning benefits student achievement by improving their retention of verbal information and develops their creative capacities for lifelong success.
Source: Arts Education Partnership
National Music Standards (pdf opens in a new window)
ArtsEdge – The Kennedy Centre in Washington has a bank of lesson plans and full learning situations with accompanying resource materials which could be adapted to fit the QEP. Many are transdisciplinary. The bank is searchable by arts subject, other subjects and grade level.
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) – among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels.
Audacity – a free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.
Chromatik – a full catalog of free sheet music, plus annotation and recording tools, Chromatik is dedicated to helping you practice, perform, and share the tunes you