Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Why Music Is A Valueable Part of Public Education?

Local school districts are trying to make tough decisions regarding funding of various programs within their schools. Unfortunately, there is not a limitless amount of funding for such a vital part of our nation's future which is our children's education. Many times when I was in school we would challenge the teacher with this question "Will I ever use this again in "real life"?". Now my ability to effectively diagram a sentence or to solve for x may not have been used post high school but there is great value in a broad range of subjects or general education.
This being said general education can very expensive...the more subjects you have the greater the amount of teachers, staff and material that are required. This brings us to our original dilemma of facing tough economic decisions regarding funding and potentially cutting of programs.
It is not my endeavor in this post to give some type of breakdown in the cost and benefits of each and every subject that a school can teach nor to give a list of most important to least important. It is my goal to show that music education should be considered as a vital part of public education.
Music has been referred to as the "Universal Language". It is inspiring to see how across many cultures music can be appreciated and arouse similar feelings with the tones and sounds which they hear. Music transcends both culture and generations. New listeners each day are learning to appreciate everything from Mozart to Aerosmith to Johnny Cash. This medium speaks to our hearts which is a place that few other subjects are as effective at reaching. Education is not only about reaching the minds of students but reaching their hearts as well.
Music education provides the ground work for teamwork and creativity. Within these classrooms students work on interpretation of music, and expression. Choirs learn to harmonize with individuals around them and to think objectively about how their individual performance affects the whole. These type of lessons or education are invaluable experiences to learn while in school. In a time where there is a great focus on the individual performance on a system of standardized tests where there is always a "right" answer, there also needs to be a balance of learning how to participate in a group setting, and how to learn judgment when there really is no "right" answer to fill in the bubble. The "real world" is filled with uncertainty and ambiguity, and it is important to foster challenges that can lead students to face this "what do you think we should do?" scenarios. By allowing them to participate in music, there is a real sense of creation and creativity. They are allowed to take an idea and explore it and polish it in their own way.
Music requires discipline. Few individuals can sit down with an instrument or sing perfectly right away. It requires ardent practice and diligence to perfect or improve the students performance.
There is also multiple studies which have linked achievement in school with participation in music education. Though there is never conclusive proof, these studies do paint a picture of how music education adds development in other important aspects of education.

I have talked about 4 reasons why music education should be part of a public school curriculum:
1.Music is the Universal Language
2.Music fosters teamwork and creativity
3.Music speaks to the heart not only the head
4.Music helps improve other academic achievements

Show you support for your local school district's school music program.

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