> I have an addition to a discussion we had going earlier on the benefits
> of the arts. An article was picked up in our local paper yesterday
> (Manhattan Mercury, KS) from the Hartford Courant by Steve Metcalf
> entitled "Studying the arts makes kids smarter".
> It was not terribly fact-filled, but did mention several studies. Two
> were done at the University of California, Irvine and dealt with music.
> These were done with college students and 3-year-olds. College students
> who listened to 10 minutes of Mozart improved in their short-term spatial
> reasoning abilities. 3 year olds who were given ongoing musical
> instrument intruction showed long-term enhancement of their nonverbal
> cognitive abilities.
> Another study done in Pawtucket RI showed that students involved in a
> music/visual arts curriculum scored significantly higher than those who
> weren't, indicating it stretched their abilities to learn in other
> areas. (What this doesn't say is whether students had a choice in
> participation in the arts curriculum).
> The article also mentioned a nonprofit group called Artsvision in
> Rhinebeck NY that plans and implements programs around the country.
> Director is Mitchell Korn.
> Just thought this might be of interest.
> Kathrine Walker, Beach Museum of Art