Welcome to Music and the Brain (MATB) at PS189M
MATB is a sequential, multi-year curriculum conceived and developed by the 42nd Street Fund that demonstrates the link between early musical instruction and cognitive ability. MATB goals include using music literacy and piano repertoire to develop critical thinking, fine motor skills and focus.
A rigorous music education improves spatial-temporal reasoning skills of young children resulting in improved mathematical skills, pattern recognition and abstract reasoning. Music education also improves literacy skills resulting in better language acquisition, reading and speech. Finally, music education improves attention and listening skills, problem solving skills, critical thinking, socialization, and enhances creativity, self-expression and self-esteem.