Can Music Bridge The Economic Gap Education?

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Can Music Bridge the Economic Gap in Education? Schools are supposed to be places where all who have the capacity and the willingness to succeed are able to; places where people learn and develop enough to one day go out into the world and contribute to society. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Children who attend public schools in lower income areas are at a comparative disadvantage than their higher income counter parts: due to familial issues, lack of opportunity, and schools being underfunded, statistics have shown that children within lower income families have a harder time succeeding in school. According to a statistical analysis conducted by Martha Bailey and Susan Dynarski, it was found that children from lower income families are succeeding in education at rates much lower than those born into families with a higher level of income. Still today there is an “uneven growth” in college entry and graduation rates among classes, with the rates of the higher class continuing to rise at a larger rate while rates of the lower class rise at an exponentially slower pace. (2011, 7) This disparity in growth is alarming, as it not only shrinks the middle class, but leaves less and less opportunity for those who want to escape poverty a way out. To study the effects of musical training on the reading abilities of young minds, Jessica Slater, Dana L. Strait, Erika Skoe, Samantha O’Connell, Elaine Thompson, and Nina Kraus conducted a study on 42 school children of…
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