Roll over Beethoven and tell Mozart the news
The creative and performing arts offer great educational benefits, even if teachers do not go so far as to make students listen to Mozart. In the US, the so-called Mozart effect - obtaining enhanced abstract reasoning skills from listening to Mozart's music - has spawned a flourishing industry. But it is simply not possible to identify causal links between the arts and other areas of students' personal, social and academic development. Even so, arts participation can have a positive impact on students, according to a research report by Mary Ann Hunter, particularly in terms of social and personal development; attitude to learning; literacy and numeracy; arts knowledge and skills; generic competencies; and enjoyment and valuing of the arts. [Author abstract, ed]
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