High school students who take music courses score significantly better in exams than their non-musical peers, says a study. For the study published in The Journal of Educational Psychology, researchers examined over one lakh students in public schools in British Columbia, Canada.
“Students who learned to play a musical instrument not only scored significantly higher but were about one academic year ahead of their non-music peers with regard to their English, Mathematics and Science skills, regardless of their socioeconomic background, ethnicity, and gender,” said Peter Gouzouasis, Professor at the University of British Columbia.
The research team also found that predictive relationship between music education and academic achievement were more pronounced for those who took instrumental music rather than vocal music.
The findings suggest skills learned in instrumental music transfer very broadly to the students’ learning in school.
“A student has to learn to read music notation, develop eye-hand-mind coordination, develop keen listening skills, develop team skills for playing in an ensemble and develop discipline to practice… all these experiences play a role in enhancing the learner’s cognitive capacities, executive functions, motivation to learn in school, and self-efficacy,” said study co-author Martin Guhn, Assistant Professor at the varsity. (IANS)
‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now.
Annup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik and presented by the Film and Theatre Society.
It will be staged at Mandi House’s Kamani Auditorium on July 21 — one of the places where the actor performed as a student.
“In my family, there’s no one related to this industry or films or theatre. For me, everything was new and exciting. The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre.
“In my student days, we performed at National School of Drama (NSD) auditorium in first and second year, then Shri Ram Centre or Kamani Auditorium in third year. Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that’s really exciting for an actor,” Annup told IANS over telephone.
He also credited NSD, which he joined 25-odd years back, as having taught him discipline and basics of acting.
“I personally feel theatre is a good foundation to start with; it prepares you so extensively to handle any character. Having said that, it’s not that if you’re not grounded in theatre, you cannot be a good actor.”
Annup describes ‘Ballygunge 1990’ as the “revenge story” of a relationship, where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. The suspense-genre play is in Hindi.
The Mumbai-based artiste has dabbled into multiple mediums, and feels passionately about the “craft of acting”.
He is returning to ‘Crime Patrol’ after a break of 15 months — in a new bearded avatar that is garnering much appreciation.
On why he took a sabbatical from the show, Annup said: “The structure of our shooting was such that I was not getting time to commit to acting assignments properly. I feel I’m an actor first, then an anchor. Now, we’ve restructured and allotted limited days to ‘Crime Patrol’. This arrangement suits both the makers and me.
“In these 15 months, I did three films and three web-series in never-seen-before roles,” he explained, adding these projects will release in this year’s last quarter.