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A group of kindergarteners in Schuylkill Valley Elementary School in Pennsylvania are doing something interesting this year—they're all learning how to play the violin. The hope is that the students will show how playing a musical instrument could boost academic performance and cognitive ability.

We talk a lot here at Motivation Matters about the importance of using classes in music and art to increase students' motivation levels, and this study aims to draw a direct research-based connection between the two. At least one other study (PDF) has found a relationship between students' motivation levels and the performing arts, according to the article.

This is an interesting initiative, and I'm curious to see how it turns out, but personally, I'm sure glad I'm not around to listen to 130 five-year-olds learning to play the violin.

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Hey Kevin & Katie... good blog... but some well-intentioned criticism on this post. You write the first the first paragraph as if the kindergarten students decided to do this. Clicking on the article, it is the adult school staff that have decided that all 130 kindergarten kids are going to learn to play the violin.

I have to laugh... I'm sure the adult staff are well intentioned, but it is so one-size-fits-all public school to make all 130 kids do the same thing at the same time, rather than letting kids that age follow their instincts and enjoy playing instruments or otherwise at their own initiative.

The industrial-age mechanization here is stunning and scary.

There should be more of this for ALL children.

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