Reflections on the Role of Music in Higher Education and the “Learned” Mind

By Lisa Urkevich.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Historical cultures and education systems as well as noted intellectuals have recognized the relationship between music study and the development of intellectual perspective, regardless of whether the music experience is applied or academic. The education systems that include music are in agreement with today’s quantitative scientific findings that demonstrate music interaction can enhance brain development and thus have an impact on cerebral or analytical abilities. Although US higher education is shifting away from traditional liberal arts and towards vocational and professional fields, history informs us that marginalizing arts like music within the curriculum is not conducive to a solid education.

Keywords: Music, University, College, History

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.207-214. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.742MB).

Dr. Lisa Urkevich

Director, Music Program, Humanities and Arts Division, American University of Kuwait, Safat, Kuwait

Lisa Urkevich, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Music Program at the American University of Kuwait where she also served as the founding Division Head of the Arts and Humanities. She has worked extensively on curriculum building and the development of major and minor programs. She holds four degrees in music (BA, BS, MM, PhD) and has taught at a variety of higher education institutions in the United States before coming to the Middle East (e.g., liberal arts, regional, and research universities).


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