For Lindsey Hagan, there are many ways to raise student achievement.
“If we all integrate and collaborate to grow children emotionally, behaviorally, and academically – I believe students will go further in life,” she says.
That’s why she works to build a holistic approach in her classroom, and she makes sure that her approach complements the learning happening in other classes.
“I explore creative ways to support the classroom standards through music. This team approach embraces the mentality that it takes a village to raise a child.” Ms. Hagan explains, “If we all integrate and collaborate to grow children emotionally, behaviorally, and academically – I believe students will go further in life.”
And her subject predisposes her students to such integration. Studies show that learning music develops students’ brains, and spurs emotional and behavioral growth. That’s why Ms. Hagan is passionate about teaching music, it gives her students a “powerful tool that can determine the trajectory of their life.”
“It [music] is connected to all subjects and will increase student achievement in their overall cognitive development.” She says.
In that way, as she grows her students’ musicianship, she is also growing their cognitive and social skills, developing the brain capacity and skills in life to grow and thrive.