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The Importance of Music Education

Music helps the mind develop and grow. It is a proven fact that participating in a music program in school will help develop your brain to a higher level and faster than other students. As education funding decreases, one of the first programs to be scrapped in schools is that of music. And to justify that, we often think to ourselves that music must not have the same calibre of student benefits as math, science, English, and other core subjects. It doesn’t have to be that way! All that’s needed is a clear message sent to all those who must make the hard choices involved in running a school that music programs in the schools help our kids and communities in real and substantial ways.

Music instruction has unbounded benefits for students, and depriving them of the opportunity to participate in a school music program could stunt their social, academic, and personal growth. Music is everything. It is the universal language that everyone understands and can relate to. It is based on the rhythmic subdivisions of time, done in a split second. The music you hear or play is usually an indication of the time and environment in which it was created. Music is physical education. It requires an immense amount of coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks and facial muscles. Most of all, music is the greatest form of art that allows a human to take boring notes on a page, and transform them into an emotion and feeling you cannot measure. Teachers in many elementary schools are being forced to borrow musical instruments from each others’ institutions, loan instruments out to students, and get creative with fundraising in order to keep their programs alive. It is critical that music classes remain in schools. Not only to provide a place for students to belong, but also something that will help their minds grow and develop like no other class.

A common question parents have is when should they enroll their children in formal music lessons. Well, there is no exact age for a child to start taking formal music lessons. As a parent, it is your role to determine if your child is ready based on your observations. Observe your child and listen to him/her attentively. Determine whether your child is keenly interested or not and if it’s something he or she will lose interest in the long run. Talk to your child and explain to him/her that for music lessons he/she should be willing to learn, study and practice. Encourage your child. It is important to let your child feel your support so he or she will continue to be inspired to learn. Share your child’s enthusiasm but never force him/her.

Learning to play an instrument should primarily be enjoyable. If your child isn’t enjoying it, then perhaps it isn’t for him/her. Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students. Each of us wants our children to achieve success in school, success in employment, and success in the social structures through which we move. 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. It 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. It is a very important part of our life, and if we take it away, who knows what the world would be like.