Our colleagues at the Committee for Education Funding shared news about the First Five Years Fund’s new poll showing overwhelming support for early learning. The bipartisan poll “finds that 71 percent of voters—including 60 percent of Republicans—support greater federal investments in early childhood education. Importantly, these same voters are willing for Congress and President Obama to spend now in order to capitalize on the economic return on investment from early childhood education, as documented by Nobel Prize-winning economist Professor James Heckman.”
Further, “the national poll results reveal that 64 percent of voters say our political leaders should be doing more to ensure that children start kindergarten with the knowledge and skills to do their best. Seven in ten Americans also support a proposal that would increase federal investment to help states provide more access to high-quality early childhood programs for low- and moderate-income families.”
We believe quality early childhood education must include music education as well. Music education in the early years has been shown to have a significant impact on student success. One recent study found a link between music and preschoolers’ reading readiness. Another study suggests a connection between music playing and better executive functioning skills.
Learn more in the links below.
George Hicks, “How Playing Music Affects the Developing Brain,” WBUR Common Health, 17 July 2014.
Mark Prigg, “Can music lessons as a child boost your brainpower for life? Researchers find young musicians develop better problem solving skills,” Daily Mail, 17 June 2014.
Melissa Malamut, “People with Music Training Show Enhanced Brain Function, Study Says,” Boston Magazine, 19 June 2014.
Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., “The Importance of Music in Early Childhood,” General Music Today, Fall 1998.
Charles Anzalone, “Study Finds Link Between Music and Preschoolers Reading Readiness,” University of Buffalo, 23 January 2013.
Charles Anzalone, “Music curriculum aims to nurture preschoolers’ language skills,” UB Reporter, 17 July 2014.
See NAfME’s “Start the Music Strategies” and “Start the Music: A Report from the Early Childhood Summit” for more background information. Also see the Broader MindedTM website for more extrinsic and intrinsic benefits of music.
Catherina Hurlburt, Special Assistant, July 18, 2014. © National Association for Music Education (NAfME.org)