Some benefits of music education…

Some benefits of music education…

Blog : August 21st, 2010

Success in School
Success in society, of course, is dependent on success in school. Any music teacher or parent of a music student can speak on the effectiveness of music study in helping children become better students. Skills learned through the discipline of music, transfer through to study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills useful in every part of the curriculum. Music can be a creative outlet for self expression. This may take the form of learning music that mimics experienced emotions. Or it may be expressed in creating music and lyrics, which can then be presented to family and friends. Learning to work well with others is one of those things that when present is often overlooked, but when absent is often painfully obvious. Creating and performing music requires the skills associated with teamwork that are valuable throughout life. Music education emphasizes the discipline of music study, helping students in learning to work effectively in the school environment without resorting to violent or inappropriate behavior.

Success in Society
Perhaps the basic reason that every child should have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society. The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognized in the many cultures of the world; indeed, every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals. The importance of music to our economy is without doubt. And the value of music in shaping individual abilities and character can be attested in vast areas; music being a great catalyst for uniting people in a common experience, where friends can be made, and a sense of belonging can be available.

Success in Developing Intelligence
Success in school and in society is dependent on an array of abilities. Studies demonstrate that some measures of a child’s intelligence are indeed increased with music instruction, supporting a long-established base of anecdotal knowledge to the effect that music education makes kids smarter. What is new and especially compelling, however, is a combination of tightly-controlled behavioral studies and groundbreaking neurological research that show how music study can actively contribute to brain development.

Success in Life
Each of us want our children and the children of all those around us to achieve success in school, success in employment, and success in the social structures through which we move. But we also want our children to experience “success” on a broader scale. Participation in music brings countless benefits to each individual throughout life. The benefits may be psychological or spiritual, and they may be physical as well.

“Music has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity.” Ted Turner, Turner Broadcasting System.

“Music is one way for young people to connect with themselves, but it is also a bridge for connecting with others. Through music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of the human family and to the myriad rhythms of life.” Daniel A. Carp, Eastman Kodak Company Chairman and CEO.

“Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits. Creating and performing music promotes self-expression and provides self-gratification while giving pleasure to others. In medicine, increasing published reports demonstrate that music has a healing effect on patients. For all these reasons, it deserves strong support in our educational system, along with the other arts, the sciences, and athletics.” -Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Leading Heart Surgeon, Baylor College of Music.

“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and, by studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.” – Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America.

With all of these benefits of music education there is no reason not to get started today.

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