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over the past twenty years, music has become one of the subjects of study preferred neuroscientists around the globe. And for good reason: its effects on learning abilities and on the structuring of the brain, including children, are unique.

First finding of scientific studies: the brain is born musical. In 2015, a team of Spanish researchers published in the journal of the British Medical Society a study on the development of musical sensitivity in utero. Listening to “a Little night music” by Mozart, 87 % of babies react – movements of the feet and the head. And 50 % produce gestures regular, as if they were able. Why is this important? Because the ability of children to distinguish between consonance and dissonance and to integrate a rate that is at the root of their language development. Music, is born of the language.

By its impact on our emotions, the music provides also to the children of stimulants it is known that they are essential to learn more: the pleasure and the relaxation. “The music does not engage only the primary auditory cortex, but also subcortical regions where changes in our emotions and drive states of arousal and pleasure, that translates sometimes the thrill at hearing” explains Laure Ferreri, senior lecturer in cognitive psychology at the University of Lyon 2. This fun active listening-a resource brain essential for learning system: the mesolimbic reward, which releases the famous dopamine, the neurotransmitter of motivation.

Listening to music makes already many benefits to children. The practice, even as an amateur, is even more effective.

Federate from the youngest age through the music

In the orchestra, the chorus, the collective composition, each individual account to achieve the collective outcome of the most melodious possible. Create together, learn to know, to listen, and to listen to the other in an orchestra, a choir, an artistic collective, forge a sense of respect, solidarity and sharing.

Since their creation, the Mills Music – operation initiated by Sacem and in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and national Education – allow students to discover the creative process with authors – composers participating in the work of writing and composition.

More than 13,200 students have worked with nearly 450 authors and composers. On the French territory, more than 160 projects to various worlds (electro, song, music, picture, jazz, classical, and contemporary) are currently underway.

to Promote the knowledge of the works in all their diversity, to develop the musical skills, encourage creativity, discover the trades of music, create awareness of the copyright law are all core missions of the Sacem. For many years, the Sacem work tirelessly to give to music its rightful place in the life of schools, colleges and lycées of France. The excitement around the device in the Mills to Music from 2015, demonstrates the importance of situating the stakes of artistic and cultural education at the heart of the public debate,” adds Jean-Noël Tronc, Director general – managing director of the Sacem.

Furnish the music and the collective at the heart of the education system

In France, the practice of music and its place in the school systems remain confined to the margin of the lessons deemed to be “fundamental” such as French and mathematics. Then he would almost consider a complete reversal of perspective, and make music education, at all levels of school life, the keystone of the protocols of learning. In countries with a particularly high ranking in PISA (programme for international student assessment (pisa), where France ranks 26th out of 70, it is not surprising to see the first places in the country where the musical practice is an integral part of the lives of the students. Singapore, where music education is compulsory at the school since 1968, and where it is estimated that over 80% of children play an instrument throne and in first place in the rankings. Follow-up of Estonia, Finland, Australia or even the United Kingdom, all countries where the music occupies a prominent place in the life of the school via courses, orchestras, and choirs.

a number of private and public initiatives to advance the role of music in the classes. Thus the operation of The Mills to Music mentioned above, or the work of the association in Orchestra at school, which just celebrated its 10 years. But the challenge remains the widespread and equal access of all children to a musical practice. The “Plan ” Choir” supported by the Ministry of National Education, consisting of giving each school a choir in 2019, responds to this ambition. The musical practice in group facilitates empathy, collaboration between individuals, as well as the organization and coordination. The choir has also the advantage of being easier and less expensive to implement than an orchestra.

Learning, emotion, living-together: music and singing have all of this gay-knowing that is often lacking in our educational approaches. Wish, for 2019 and beyond, that all the children of France, their teachers and their parents, to experience the positive impact of music in their classes and in their lives!

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