May 28th, 2020

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning

Engaging in learning and making music plays an important role in supporting students’ mental health as they confront the current challenges of fears over the pandemic, distance learning, and related impact on their lives. A standards-based music education, which is part of a well-rounded education, also assists students in learning how to cope with anxiety and build self-efficacy while developing self-awareness and self-management. Now more than ever, students need music and arts education to support their social and emotional well-being.

Music education and arts education contributes to the development of students’ creativity and critical thinking capacities, preparing them to enter and contribute to California’s creative economy. During these difficult times it is important that this development continues uninterrupted. We believe music in difficult times provides joy, supports lifelong learning, and builds culture that contributes to California’s rich culture and economy.

Tags: SEL & Equity, student-centered

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I've been part of a few webinars regarding the inclusion and the support that must be carved out. One seminar in particular (can be found on the Music for all site) was this visual that identified why Music, and the performing and visual arts are specifically geared toward enhancing SEL

https://education.musicforall.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/05/CASEL_Leveraging-SEL-as-You-Prepare-to-Reopen-and-Renew.pdf

The CMEAS also has a number of wide ranging materials to support SEL. If we want to provide healing Music education and performing arts should be at the center of such efforts.

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Yes - these are great resources!

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"It is imperative that all students have access to an equitable delivery of arts education that includes dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that supports their educational, social, and emotional well-being, taught by certified professional arts educators in partnership with community arts providers"
From "Arts Education Is Essential" a unified statement from national arts organizations across the United States

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I totally agree with you! We should take advantage of specialist teachers talents (music, movement, visual arts) and consider ways that their unique capabilities can support the healing of staff and students throughout the school year. 2020-2021 calls for a strong collaborative approach towards common goals! Hopefully each school can define a clear vision to help their communities!

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Agreed! Opportunities to foster SEL skills abound in music, dance, and the arts...not to mention sports! Thanks for making that point!

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