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What if every child had access to music education from birth? | Anita Collins | TEDxCanberra

What if every child had access to music education from birth? | Anita Collins | TEDxCanberra

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Anita Collins shares how learning music influences our brain development, and what this means for musical education.

Anita Collins was handed a clarinet at the age of 9, and it changed her life. This single event dictated her future career as a musician, music educator and academic.

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25 thoughts on “What if every child had access to music education from birth? | Anita Collins | TEDxCanberra

  1. Pretty interesting info. It is 17 1/2 minutes long. She mentions learning
    disabilities, and I can’t help but wonder if I should ask DonorsChoose for
    a class set of bongos.

  2. Where I’m from, it was always optional, and I wouldn’t want to have it any
    other way. I am terrible at music. I like songs and stuff, but no musical
    talent whatsoever right here. I can’t read notes and other things, nor do I
    want to. Music just never interested me, nor many other kids in schools
    accost the country. Only a small percentage of kids like music, so it
    should be an optional on the side sort of thing. 

  3. I sang and hummed as well while pregnant with Alexander, and I played a lot
    of music throughout the day (when CBC was still Classical Music all day
    long). Of course, the music (and my off key singing – which did not seem to
    do any harm) continued after he was born.

  4. What if every child had access to music education from birth? This
    insightful talk explains the affects of music education on early childhood
    development. Enjoy! 

  5. The benefits of music-making and improved brain functions and intelligence
    have been well documented.
    Musicians not only include people who are into music as a career but also
    people like myself who enjoy playing music in church services, with a local
    band or at home as a pastime.
    It takes hours of practice to get to a comfortable level in music. Many
    would rather press [Play] to listen to a Beethoven Sonata than to actually
    play one. At the last Christmas dinner there were 4 people at the gathering
    who passed Gr. 6 piano at a conservatory level. Yet not 1 felt comfortable
    playing a tune on a keyboard.

    Based on personal experience, playing songs / compositions you like to
    listen to takes the boring and repetitive aspects out of practice. You may
    be spending as much time learning a piece but in the process of hearing it
    sounding better all the time is an enjoyable experience.

  6. “Babies are born musical.” This is one of the core beliefs of Music
    Together, a music and movement program for infants, toddlers and
    preschoolers, together with the adults who love them. There are classes in
    over 40 countries around the world!

  7. This is so interesting and excellent!! I want to be a music
    teacher/therapist in my future because I’ve seen it help so many people!!
    I’ve seen music come into peoples lives when they were deeply depressed, on
    drugs, alcohol and has saved them. It has saved my life as well. I don’t
    know where I would be without it and I owe it all to my music teachers!!!
    It’s so important and is so upsetting that so many children can’t have the
    same opportunities in music education as I do. I hope to help change this
    and to have a band program in every school!!

  8. Thanks Anita Collins! For this wonderful video and all the knowledge so
    important! We (you and me),think and work in the same way about it, the
    whole power and transformation of the music education, we are musical human
    beings, everyone!. I hope some day we can talk together! Greetings from
    Mexico!! 

  9. The debate over whether music should be included in the school curriculum
    can become political. In many school districts in the US & Canada, local
    governments are constantly cutting budget to balance their books. Parents
    who have the financial resources to enrol their kids into a music program
    or private lessons recognize the benefits of music and willing to pay the
    costs of the instruments and lessons. The rest are lobbying local
    governments & school boards to put tax dollars back into music education.
    There was a movie “Music of the Heart” with Meryl Streep as the lead actor
    featured the real-life story of the violin teacher Roberta Guaspari
    fighting a local school board for funding cut to her violin program.

  10. I’m an art guy, but have always played music. It has been my experience
    (after 27 years of teaching) that Art thinking in general aids in
    developing out-of-the-box problem solving skills, “What-if” possibility
    thinking, and faith that everything will come out just fine. I’m with you,
    Anita!

  11. I think one day humans might realize that musical literacy is as much a
    basic right as normal verbal literacy. Make music mandatory in grade
    schools and watch how the world would improve.

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