Arts Engagement Has Broad Impact for Core Subjects

March is the National Association for Music Music InspiresEducation’s Music In Our Schools Month!

Several studies show that enrollment in arts courses is positively correlated with higher academic performance and engagement for all students.

To celebrate, see how music study can integrate English language arts (ELA) and social studies by watching Mr. Jim Taylor teach his advanced choir class in Salem, Oregon.

Source: Musical Futures and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 

6 Benefits for Students

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) states that the collection of research related to arts education has revealed that studying the arts is associated with student achievement in six areas:

  1. Reading and language
  2. Mathematics
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Social skills
  5. Motivation to learn
  6. Positive attitude toward school

Source: National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Teaching in Action

This video segment on Edivate showcases Mr. Jim Taylor’s advanced choir class at McNary High School in Salem, Oregon. Students analyze the imagery, the historical and religious context, and the compositional technique of three pieces of music from Handel’s Messiah.

The segment also comes with a downloadable study guide.

These materials are part of a comprehensive series of videos and downloadable resources available only on Edivate.

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