Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thesis: Since the very beginning of time music has helped form who mankind is today, and should continue on in such a way that it is taught. 

Ebie, Brian D. An Investigation of Secondary School Students' Self-Reported    
      Reasons for Extracurricular Musical and Athletic Activities. Vol. 3. N.p.:    
      University of Arizona, 2005. Web. 7 Sept. 2011.

    The reason for this source was to go through and do a study with asking individuals who are involved in extracurricular activities. Specifically music, and sports. On the musical side of things, its going through students nation wide and asking them why they are involved in music for an after school activity for school. Most of the time their reasons were to be involved and to hang out with friends while playing music like in band class. They also answered that it does help them with school work and other activities and studies in school.
    Yes it is a very useful source, and along with comparing it to the other sources it gives me an insight on how music helps other students in school and not just my own experiences, and opinions. The reliability is a professor from University of Arizona wrote it. There is a bias towards it because it is side with keeping music in schools and not getting rid of it with nothing against that idea.
    This applies to my research because it gives me the student point of view, and most parents are interested in what their student has to say about their education to help better it. This is a help for all the reasons stated above. I would not frame my work the same as this only because it's a little bit more, I can't remember the exact word, but it's not formal at all, and I want to come across in this paper as professional while communicating on the same level as my audience. This has not change my opinion, because it's thoughts and ideas stated from kids younger and or just like me who hold the same opinion.

How Does Music Affect Our Body and Brain? N.p.: The Super Mind Evolution
      System, 2010. Academic Search Premier. Web. 15 Sept. 2011.
      This whole article is mainly about how music can affect the brain. It can affect the human mind for the better or the worse. It also depends on the person. It goes in and explains an experiment that these scientist did to prove that music can affect the brain in a healthy manor. Most of the music that can better the human mind is classical music such as Mozart and Beethoven, just two of the most famous in classical music history that have proven a massive effect on the mind of the student from an early to old age. They have proven that this is the main type of music that helps the brain get smarter, helps behavior and attitude, helps stabilize moods, and helps homework and study habits.
        This is a very useful source in the fact that it will better the argument. In comparison to the other sources, this is the best source gathered for this investigation and argument for the fact that it has scientific experimentation behind it the whole way to back up how it betters the human mind with the whole nine yards. The reliability is that it was done by a group of scientist that run "The Super Mind Evolution System." This piece is really more neutral in the fact that these scientist went to prove that music can or cannot better the human brain, and just discovering that it does help.
       This source applies to my research because I am trying to prove all the good points of keeping the music program in schools nation and world wide. This helps me because parents want to know that their tax money in education is being put to good use and if music helps make your student smarter than you know you taxes are safely spent in the music programs. This source is a help for the reasons stated above. This source has not changed my opinion, because personally music has helped me through out school, so I knew that music could help, it just showed me that music makes things happen when used properly.

Rampur, Stephen. Why is Music Education Important. N.p.: Stephen Rampur,
      2010. Web. 6 Sept. 2011.

    This source comes right out and says that it's all about music education. It starts off going through and explaining what music education is, all the different types, and a little bit of history of how it's been around since the beginning of time. Then it goes in and talks about playing music helps with behavior, mind capacity and much more. With research to back it up, it has gone through with studies with how playing an instrument helps with behavior, grades, along with a sense of accomplishment. That sense of accomplishment, which most everyone wants to have, is what helps with the attitudes, and with something to help the student, they will want to do better in school just so they can play and learn their instrument.
    This is a useful source because it goes through with a study on why having a sense of accomplishment with make one want to succeed in all parts of their lives. It shows this because if you can prove to yourself that you can accomplish playing an instrument you will most likely want to go through and see what else you can accomplish. In comparison to the other sources, this one is unique. Only because most look at music education as being listening to music and or choir. This shows that not only listening to music, but playing music can help improve studies. The reliability is the fact that Stephen is shown doing many research projects in to discovering the human mind and how it works. What can better the use of the mind, and what cannot. It has a little bit of bias mainly because it is backing up why music education is important to schools rather than focusing on why we should get rid of it.
    This applies to my paper because it proves even further why and how music education is important to keep in schools and the retention of music to better the human mind and behavior. This source is a help for me for the reasons stated above. This source has not changed my opinion on why music should be kept in schools.

"Why Cut Music Education in Schools?." YourDictionary. LoveToKnow, n.d.
      Web. 7 September 2011.

    This source really sees it through from both sides of the argument. Listing some of the reasons why music programs are positive for schools are: 1) it shows that nation wide it raises that normal graduation rate from high school by about 15% to 20% compared to schools with out music programs. 2) Helps with developing math skills, writing skills, social skills, and teamwork. 3) Along with social skills and teamwork it helps better your view on people to be able to work with them in the work place whether or not if you like them. On the flip side it also gives some good reasons on why the music program should be cut from schools with the following reasons: 1) budget, 2) time away from academics, and 3) noise and distraction (as in for those who are in the classroom studying math with the noise from the music classroom from down the hall).
    This is a useful source because it gives me both sides of the story with a little bit more clarification. In comparison to the other sources that I have, this one is good, not the best only because of the controversy that it has in it. Yes it is scholarly and reliable as a source. There really is no trace of bias in the piece because it shows both sides of the story, why music should stay and why it should go. Stating each one equally and stating the facts on both sides, why they both have good points.
    This applies to my research because it give me some more points to why the music program is beneficial, but it also gives me something to argue against in the parts in which it states why music should be cut. This can be both a help and a hindrance, it just depends on how I am able to use the negative parts to my advantage to argue against with out taking out of context. I like the framing of this because it doesn't just state facts but goes through each one and explains it while appealing to both sides of the story. This has changed my opinion just a little bit in which I am looking at the other side a little bit more. But either way I stand strongly on my opinion of keeping music in all schools.

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