How Important Is Music Education In Schools?

Britney Spears Helps To Save Music Education

Her son Krystopher added studying music has helped him with his reading fluency, creating mental images, and recognition of patterns. Krystopher previously learned to play clarinet and took private lessons four days a week for four years. He currently participates in his middle school band playing percussion. When asked what level of dedication is needed to be successful in music, he replied “A lot!” In New Jersey, River Edge’s Teacher of the Year, music teacher Kelly Dent said she enjoys watching students express themselves in a cooperative setting. She called those moments “pure magic.” “The experience can be as simple as performing a hand clapping game with a partner, or as complex as a four part canon, but the result is the same- an improvement in emotional well-being and enhanced sensitivity to the needs of others, Dent said. In this way, music programs, especially those focused on making music, play an essential role in the development of social skills and emotional awareness in students.” In addition to the potential benefits of engaging in musical activities, exposing children to music at a young age may even open an avenue towards a career.
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The Benefits of Music Education

A boy getting a piano lesson

If one does not learn these skills in school, one can live, but it is a life diminished. Similarly one can live a life without basic reading or basic math skills, but, again, it is a life diminished. As a music teacher, I expect my student to be life long music makers because, throughout their lives they will have times when engaging in music is expected and/or required of them. No, I do not expect them all to go on to become professional musicians, but I expect them to sing, move rhythmically, and respond to the expressive qualities in music. These are LIFE skills. Where else do you expect children to learn life skills than at school?
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Famed ‘fiddler’ pulls strings for music education

Joining Spears are a group of engaged and committed stars including Taye Diggs, Jason Derulo, Hunter Hayes, Gloria Reuben, Diane Birch and platinum selling singer Cher Lloyd, who kicked off the classes’ initiatives last Wednesday by performing at the opening of the new Bloomingdale’s in Glendale, CA, which served as a fundraising benefit for the Foundation. “I am so proud to be a VH1 Save The Music Foundation Ambassador,” said Britney Spears. “Music is such a big part of my life and as a mother I can’t imagine my children growing up without it,” added Spears. The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that restores instrumental music education programs in public elementary and middle schools across the country. Music is an integral part of a child’s development and a key component of each student’s complete education, helping increase performance in all core subjects, while encouraging collaboration and creative thinking. To date, the Foundation has provided nearly $51 Million in new musical instruments to almost 1,900 public schools in more than 192 districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.3 million children. “We are thrilled to have such an incredible collection of celebrities join our 2014 Ambassador class,” said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
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April 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm | ericgoestoholland April 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Jim in Texas I teach strings/bluegrass in the Dallas area, and am fully supportive of this approach to getting “American” music introduced into schools. Putting a violin in the hands of a kid and immersing them in dead European composers is a fast track to a fiddle in a garage sale the day that kid graduates. Kids are surrounded by music they want to hear, learn, and play, and American schools are just beginning to release themselves from centuries old European models of teaching. April 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Bud in NC Jim- I agree with you to a point. As an amateur, I have played in orchestras as well as Bluegrass bands. I love Bill Monroe as well as Mozart.
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