Why Music Education Is Important
Music participation provides a unique opportunity for literacy preparation. Whether the students are singing, playing, or listening, teachers direct them to listen and hear in new ways which exercises their aural discrimination. Singing in a school choir and adding movement to the lessons teaches students about sequential learning which is essential in reading comprehension.
Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than any other for education”. You will find many music teachers who would agree with him. Recent research has found that music uses both sides of the brain, a fact that makes it valuable in all areas of development. Music affects the growth of a child’s brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Music is academic. For some people, this is the primary reason for providing music lessons to their children. A recent study from the University of California found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.
Music is physical. Music can be described as a sport. Learning to sing and keep rhythm develops coordination. Posture and correct breathing techniques also help to further this development.
Music is emotional. Music is an art form. We are emotional beings and every person requires an artistic outlet. Music may be your child’s vehicle of expression.
Music is for life. Most people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives.
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