"Behind The Scenes", with host James Earl Jones, highlights Music Education for Public Television

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A new piece will discuss efforts to continue education through the arts...

James Earl Jones brings his signature voice and authoritative presence to “Behind the Scenes,” a mini documentary series designed to educate, enlighten and spark conversation about groundbreaking stories and the salient issues of our time. As host, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed actor leads the topic of Music Education in the short-form episode.

Music education has, at times, been considered a non-essential part of children’s education and found its way to budget chopping blocks. However, research shows that the benefits of learning the “do-re-mis” provides a rich, artistic and cultural foundation. The study of music helps pupils significantly enhance their development skills, cognitive abilities and other learning domains. For those that believe strongly in the formal approach of reading, writing and arithmetic, music education has been linked to greater test-taking success.

Experts in the field of child psychiatry have linked Music Education and its appreciation to better social competence and verbal competence. And studies by other experts have indicated that incorporating music into a plan of study for elementary pupils increases IQ at a greater rate than those without music in their curriculum.

But at the root of it all, music is an expression of self, culture, ideas and human emotions and its study can have powerful, positive affects. In this installment of “Behind The Scenes,” the possibilities are explored.

“Behind The Scenes” segments are created for public television and offered to stations throughout the United States. The team works with strategic partners and media distributors to produce stories about the salient issues of the day. The mini documentaries are of high definition quality and are pre-approved to meet industry standards before airing. In conjunction with host James Earl Jones (Star Wars), “Behind the Scenes” works with an award-winning group of writers, producers and videographers. The show is independently released to Public Television PBS member stations but is not affiliated with PBS or APT.

(Source: http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/)

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