Reflection on the Role of Music in Higher Education and the "Learned" Mind
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Historical cultures and education systems as well as noted intellectuals have recognized the relationship between music study and the development of intellectual perspective, regardless of whether the music experience is applied or academic. The education systems that include music are in agreement with today’s quantitative scientific findings that demonstrate music interaction can enhance brain development and thus have an impact on cerebral or analytical abilities. Although US higher education is shifting away from traditional liberal arts and towards vocational and professional fields, history informs us that marginalizing arts like music within the curriculum is not conducive to a solid education.