Music and arts education have been at risk for decades when school districts are faced with making budget cuts. An increasing focus on college readiness, proficiency testing, STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math) and Common Core State Standards continue to undermine music and arts education. At the same time, students are expected to be independent thinkers who can work collaboratively, think creatively and live successfully in a fast-paced, rapidly changing world. The benefits of music education are well documented and undeniable. Here are some areas most impacted by music in the classroom.
Music Education Improves Learning
- Learning to play a musical instrument uses the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning.
- The skill of memorization is constantly being used when learning and playing music.This is a skill that will be used throughout the student’s life.
- Studies have shown that students with music education perform better on standardized tests.One report indicated that students who studied music scored 22% higher in verbal skills and 20% higher in math.
Music Education Integrates with other Subjects
- Math skills are put to use when working with time signatures and while learning musical patterns.
- Reading and comprehension are used in singing, song writing, and reading music.
- The science of physics is used to understand how some musical instruments work.
- History is a rich component of music education as students learn about musical styles, the origins of instruments, and famous composers.
Music Teaches Connection and Collaboration
- Children are naturally social, but as students get older, there is more focus on individual study.Every music class offers students the opportunity to collaborate and work together towards a shared goal.
- Students take pride in their roles as part of a band, orchestra or ensemble.They respect their classmates and want to contribute to the success of the group.
Music Education Develops Life Skills
- Developing self-discipline is essential for any musician.The student must learn time management skills in order to schedule dedicated time for practice, along with their other activities.
- Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity.Music and other arts education teach students to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
- Music helps to teach self-confidence.With the support of their teachers and parents, students develop the self-confidence needed to perform.Performing solo pieces or working in a small ensemble can generate feelings of fear and anxiety.Learning how to face and overcome these performance fears will benefit students for the rest of their lives.
Music Relieves Stress
- Stress is a part of life.Even young students may experience stress because of increasing amounts of homework, other activities, and the pressure to meet expectations.
- Music class is a time to create and connect with each other.Music is inherently calming and has shown to reverse the body’s response to stress.
- Most students truly enjoy their music classes.Engaged students are more successful in their other classes and statistics have shown that students taking music classes have higher graduation rates and lower absenteeism.
Music education is an important aspect of providing children with a well-rounded education. When allowed to work in harmony with other subjects and areas of study, music helps children grow in self-esteem, build essential skills and prepare for bright futures.
Supporting Music Education at Woodwind & Brasswind
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