Are You Barking Up The Wrong Tree for Better Test Scores?
"The world's top academic countries place a high value on music education. Hungary, Netherlands and Japan stand atop worldwide science achievement and have strong commitment to music education. All three countries have required music training at the elementary and middle school levels, both instrumental and vocal, for several decades. The centrality of music education to learning in the top-ranked countries seems to contradict the United States' focus on math, science, vocabulary, and technology."
Music and the Brain
As a culture, our actions also contradict our legislation removing music from our schools. Apple became the best known brand in the world with the advent of the iPod and iTunes. American Idols sing their hearts out and over 50 million viewers "pay" to vote for their favorite idol. That's more than voted in the last presidental election.
"Music...Its ubiquity in human cultures, and strong evidence that the brain comes preloaded with musical circuits, suggest that music is as much a product of human evolution as, say, thumbs..." Crooners may have aided early human life
Have we short circuited? When we most need to increase memory retention (remember No Child Left Behind - or should I say, how can we forget it?), we cut out one of the most research-based methods there is for this purpose - music. Exemplifying this fact: 80.8% of students tested demonstrated an increase in knowledge after one cycle of the musically-based Yello Dyno Curriculum.
"In The Singing Neanderthals, which Harvard University Press is publishing, Professor Mithen weaves [recent] studies into an intriguing argument that 'language may have been built on the neural underpinnings of music.' He starts with evidence that music is not merely a side effect of intelligence and language, as some argue. Instead, recent discoveries suggest that music lays sole claim to specific neural real estate. Consider musical savants. Although learning-disabled or retarded, they have astounding musical abilities. One savant could hardly speak or understand words, yet he played flawlessly a simple piano melody from memory despite hearing it only once. In an encore, he added left-hand chords and transposed it into a minor key."
Mithen goes on to say, "Music can exist within the brain in the absence of language, a sign that the two evolved independently. And since language impairment does not wipe out musical ability, the latter must have a longer evolutionary history." Crooners may have aided early human life
Phote Credit: Wizard Academy.org
Barking up the wrong tree?
Children who do not feel safe, cannot learn. Over three million children sit in our classrooms in a constant state of fight or flight, so it doesn't mattter what you are teaching, they can't learn.
- Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Ph.D., The Child Trauma Academy
To improve test scores, start with the foundation - The Yello Dyno Method™ - to help kids be safe.
Music integrates the whole brain. Typically, the right side has been identified as the seat of music. However, music affects the whole brain and has the ability to enhance brain function.
"Some cerebral circuits respond to certain types of music; these circuits may also be involved in processing other forms of sound. The part of the brain that hears pitch is also involved in understanding speech. Sound enters the ears and goes to the auditory cortex in the temporal lobes. The right temporal lobe is important for hearing pitch, melody, harmony and rhythm. The left side of the brain is usually better at hearing changes in frequency and intensity, both in music and words. The left side analyzes incoming data. The right side helps to put music together into a whole piece. Novices tend to listen to music as a whole, with the right side, while musicians tend to listen to music with the left hemisphere as they analyze the content of the musical form. The limbic brain processes the emotional aspects of music as well as triggering memories. Music triggers emotions and emotions trigger memories. Music can enhance memory and learning." Music and the Brain
With our emphasis on research-based curricula, let's step back in time and review two music studies.
Problems with ADD students? "In one controlled study, Mozart has been found helpful for ADD children. The group that listened to Mozart had reduced their theta brain wave activity (slow brain waves often excessive in ADD) in exact rhythm to the underlying beat of the music, and displayed better focus and mood control, diminished impulsivity and improved social skill. Among the subjects that improved, 70% maintained that improvement six months after the end of the study without further training." Music and the Brain
Test scores low? Improve higher brain activities. "In highly publicized work, researchers at the University of California at Irvine demonstrated...that listening to music acts as an exercise for facilitating symmetry operations associated with higher brain function." Music and the Brain
The Yello Dyno Method™, with music at it's core, is also based on the research of Dr. Bruce Perry, which indicates that a child who does not feel safe cannot learn. The internationally recognized research of children in crisis of Dr. Perry includes music as a key element. Reviewing cultures throughout the world, Dr. Perry is finding that similar musical structures appear to be applied universally.
"Particular notes elicit the same emotions from most people, regardless of culture, studies suggest. A major third (prominent in Beethoven's "Ode to Joy") sounds happy; a minor third (as in the gloomy first movements of Mahler's Fifth) provokes feelings of sadness and even doom. A major seventh expresses aspiration. Crooners may have aided early human life
Music affects people's emotions (think of church music, martial music or Friday night footbal music at a high school game and how it makes you feel). Happy students are more cooperative and creative. Music also promotes social bonding, which is crucial in a classroom setting.
The universal nature of the Yello Dyno music and curricula has been well tested. For example, the largest school district in the United States, New York City Department of Education, and Killeen ISD, Killeen, Texas, both have over one-hundred languages spoken by their student population. Both have successfully used Yello Dyno for many years.
It's time to bark up the right tree, include the Yello Dyno curricula this year.
A Child Who Feels Safe + Music to Ensure Recall = Better Test Scores
Yours for child safety,
Yello Dyno Founder
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P.S. Yello Dyno's NEW! Tricky People! Curriculum (Grades 4-5) PowerPoint presentation, with three songs and six video lessons embedded in the presentation, wakes up and empowers children to protect themselves from the dangers of Tricky People, child predators. Plan to implement this curriculum this fall.
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P.S.S. More information on reviewing our curricula from an evaluation by REdS (Research and Educational Services): The findings show that 80.8% of the students tested demonstrated an increase in knowledge after one cycle of the Yello Dyno Curriculum.
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