Although the majority of students have enjoyed learning about music, a handful still seems reluctant to learn. I think it is because they really don't believe that learning music makes you smarter.
Skills we have been learning:
Skills #1-3 are basic Math skills: we will be learning since Fractions are one of the simplest topics that students struggle with the most. 21st Century Job Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Skill #4 is a Study skill and very important since the key to being able to use the physics reference table is being able to memorize the units. Those who are able to memorize the units are the ones who end up passing.
Skill #5 is incredibly important Higher Level Thinking Skill for physics class. Since physics equations use up so many letters of the alphabet that they actually ran out of letters and had to borrow some from the Greek language! When students first see equations, they look like this:
Skill #6 is a Transferable Study Skill necessary for solving physics problems. To a simple passer-by, the world seems to happen in events which sometimes look like one situation. A physicist, however, will be able to break down one event into many smaller events in order to better analyze each component. This skill gives students a lot of trouble.
Skill #7 is an important 21st Century Job Skill: Communication and Collaboration. Music is one of the ultimate forms of communication. It has often been called the universal language. Very high levels of Teamwork are necessary to make a song sound like it is "together".
Skill #8-9 are some of the most important in Physics since many problems can be very long and tedious. If you don't pay attention to the numbers and signs and symbols, you will very likely get lost and get the problems wrong. Creativity is essential for figuring out Physics problems since there is always more than one way to solve a problem.
If you still don't believe me, then check out the following article: "Does Music Make you Smarter?" Music will help you on your SATs.