Why should students learn to play a musical instrument? Because some researchers believe it might lead to higher test scores.
Why do we doing anything in public education these days?
Anyway, in a new study being conducted in a Pennsylvania school district, 130 kindergarten students will be taught to play the violin, theorizing that the instruction will “boost performance on standardized tests”.
“The object isn’t to learn to read music or even to learn to play the violin well,” said Schuylkill Valley Superintendent Solomon Lausch. “It’s to see if learning to play music by imitation has a positive impact on cognitive development such that it improves general academic performance.”
There’s something very sad about that attitude towards arts education.