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John Jesensky is a huge lover of music. I share that passion, and am interested these days in learning more about it than just how it makes me feel (or dance). There are so many areas of life where music has been credited with enhancing a situation or mood. I've seen it happen time and again in the public school system. If you put on music for kids, they love it and so many of them perform or pay attention better.
I have seen a child who is academically challenged, introverted, and nervous become engaged, animated and happy when music was introduced into the classroom. I have also seen behaviorally-challenged students straighten up and fly right, so to speak, when the option to use their phones for music was on the line. Of course that isn't true for everyone, but the majority of tweens/teens do seem to respond well to music, and it intrigues me.
According to John Ross Jesensky's website, music releases chemicals in the brain. Though the sensations those cause will vary from person to person as does their reaction to them, that is definitely worth knowing and exploring more, to see how powerful music really can be in the classroom. I'd love to see someone take such experimenting even further and see how children who have a pattern for misbehavior might change their interest and/or engagement within the classroom setting if music was playing. I'd also be curious to see if they retained more, or scored better on their classwork, quizzes and testing when music was allowed. Finally, I would love to see if students had a better overall satisfaction level with their school work, if music was permitted in the classrooms.
Of course there is a converse side, where students who are performing well might be distracted by music. Perhaps testing students individually or in small groups would be a viable way to assess such information. If there is any chance at all that such a simple change in the classroom could increase productivity, enjoyment, and even test scores for children who love music, it would be worth it, for so many reasons, to give it a try!
It is my educated guess, that if you asked students their opinions, the majority of them would vote for music in the schools, even if it was monitored and carefully selected (as of course, it would have to be). Wouldn't it be amazing if something we could access so easily, and inexpensively could cause a world of positive change within the school system? I think for most of us, that answer to that would be a resounding, 'yes!'