C.L. Avram

National University of Music Bucharest (ROMANIA)
Human resources market requires a type of personality with a great capacity of self-perfection, increased creativity and adaptability, high communication skills, rapid and responsible power of decision, self-motivation and resistance to stress factors.
The European Commission’s working group for key competences has adopted in 2004 a list which comprises, among others, also the competence of cultural expression.

This paper presents a series of data which demonstrates that participatory music education increases school performances in all domains (scientific, humanistic, physical) and develops a lot of capabilities required on the labor market of the 21-th century.

The paper presents the main areas of the brain which are involved in music performance and are stimulated during practicing a musical instrument (according to the neuro-scientific researches).
Musical activity develops skills like awareness, adaptability, symbolic and abstract thinking, a better self control over body and emotional moves, a higher understanding of human feelings, ethic, sympathetic and relational features, creativity and a larger cultural view.

This kind of skills: intellectual knowledge, behavioral experience, diverse models of information processing, training of visual, auditory and kinesthetic memory, the development of the emotionally intelligence are useful in all activity areas. They help the person to increase his opportunity to obtain a better quality of life, personal and professional fulfillment, inclusion and employment. The three main sections of education, covering academic skills and abilities, personal and interpersonal skills and civil skills and abilities, are benefic influenced, during life long time, through a proper musical education.

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- European Commission, Working Group “Key Competences” (November, 2004). Implementation of the “Education and Training 2010” – Key Competences for Lifelong Learning
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