Purpose of the arts

Music education helps to encourage empathy

“In an age when many children experience music alone on iPods and computers, especially students at the upper elementary level, the research underscores the value of face-to-face musical interactions.

“The Rabinowitch work [at Cambridge University] helps reinforce the intuitive notion that engagement in music is beneficial in terms of ethos, pathos, and logos,” said Jonathan Berger, codirector of Stanford University’s Institute for Creativity and the Arts. “The important notion here is that, in this age of ‘removed listening,’ in which the vast majority of engagement with music is done through earbuds and on the run”

Ortiz, Edward. “Is Music the New Social Media? Empathy ‘Entrainment'”, San Francisco Classical Voice, 17 July 2012.

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By Greg

Australian composer and pianist