Saturday, June 13, 2015

Music to Boost Test Scores: Why this argument is faulty

A recent article appeared urging Music Educators to stop defending Music Education on the basis of Test Scores:

There are so many reasons for music education. Soooooooo many. And "it helps with testing" or "makes you do better in other classes" belong near the bottom of that list. Here are just a few items that should be further up the list.
Music is universal. It's a gabillion dollar industry, and it is omnipresent. How many hours in a row do you ever go without listening to music? Everywhere you go, everything you watch-- music. Always music. We are surrounded in it, bathe in it, soak in it. Why would we not want to know more about something constantly present in our lives? Would you want to live in a world without music? Then why would you want to have a school without music?"
These are of course the points made for music education since antiquity.  The test score defense has long been troubling for professional educators.  As college instructors and employers, we often wonder, "Who exactly is looking at, or cares about, Test Scores in the first place?"  It certainly is not the educators. We are just looking for students who are willing to learn, work, think and contribute to course discussions.  We usually get a good picture of that from student essays one-on-one discussions, and portfolio of work.
Test scores seem useful in the mechanized weeding out process of college admissions.  No longer are actual humans looking at applications, until after a computer has eliminated many promising candidates who have unfortunately had poor test results on a multiple choice standardized test.

That said, here is the link to full article:

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