Music education makes for a poor commodity

Date Written:  23/05/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20903

Privatizing the teaching of music into a commodity and decreasing attention spans is leading to poorer music education.


Excerpt: The privatization of music education has turned it into a commodity, and with students becoming increasingly addicted to instant stimulation and gratification, a pretty bad one.

With kids "primed" by advertisers for the next, to use Alyson Gausby's words, digital "hit of dopamine", their attention spans and their motivation for effort and self-discipline are in free fall. The result, as Fisher argued, is a major mental health crisis. 1 in every 5 children has developed a mental health disorder,3 and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health reports year over year increases in depression, anxiety, and academic distress.
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