Why is Music Education Important?

"The learning of any subject, including music, beyond a rudimentary level requires organized, systematic instruction." 

With schools continuing to cut corners, the arts are becoming extra curricular activites instead of the core curriculum. Unfortunately, most students learn music from school or not at all. This day and age music education is too often begin left to chance, family circumstances, or social conditions. Students who are not given the opportunity to learn music are shortchanged. 

Without music, life itself would be bleak and dreary. Think about where you hear music on a regular basis: television, public events, "sonic background" (the background music you hear while you are shopping), public ceremonies, etc. Imagine how boring our lives would be if we didn't have music in all of these areas of our lives.

Why is Music Education so important? "Music is important in people's lives; therefore, learning about music is important." In addition, most people value music and value young people learning music. As a parent and adult, we want young people to have a well-rounded education that includes music. From whistling to complex works, musical examples are as different as sweatsuits and tuxedos. In addition, music is sometimes better than words at expressing feelings. Artistic experiences are valued for insight, psycological satisfaction, and enjoyment. They involve intellect and emotion and are experiences. It is hard to make anything personal without the experience yourself. Music, Dance, and Art do just that; they require personal interaction so that the experience is personal. 

If a student doesn't participate in music, what is the result? Repertoire and knowledge of music will be confined. Performance and listening skills will remain undeveloped. Students will be unable to read musical notation, play an instrument, and participate in ensembles. There will be no musical creativity or improvisation and they will be unable to make informed judgments about music. In the end, those not given a music education opportunity will probably never learn to enjoy music in an artistic nature. 

What are the non-musical values of music? By performing at local events, students learn aspects of citizenship. Character is developed during lessons by teaching responsibility of practicing and by performing. Imagine someone who is shy or bashful performing in front of hundreds of people. Music gives them an avenue to develop public speaking and presentation skills. Practicing and performing for one's self can relieve stress as expressed by music therapists which improves one's physical health condition. Not only is music directly associated with Mathematics, it has been found that music contributes to reading and speech as well. A feeling of accomplishment after mastering a difficult piece of music will positively affect a student's attitude and moral. In addition, mastering a difficult piece fuels the desire to learn more. Music improves mental capabilities. For instance, it is believed that listening to Mozart or other classical music improves spatial-temporal reasoning and "makes you smarter". Studies show that SAT scores are higher for students who participate in some type of artistic instruction.  

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