With education reform becoming a fast growing focus in the United States, getting the most of money allocated to the school system often means cutting unnecessary costs and determining the best expenditures for learning and development. Programs that often suffer in this war on school funding are often extracurricular activities as well as art and music curriculums.
Although the value of arts may not seem as obvious as other core classes such as math or English, courses in music education are vital for future generations and have numerous benefits for all students.
One of the best arguments for music education would be the impact early exposure and understand of music has on young students. Music is often used on an elementary level to learn core concepts and for children to understand the world around them. One of the first concepts a child learns in the English language is his or her ABC’s and it is almost always taught in the format of a song. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening, and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as the progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, the executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAHM) Foundation which is a nonprofit association that promotes the benefits of music.
Music is universal. Music can transcend language and cultural barriers making it one true way to speak to those we may have no other way of connecting with. Music evokes emotions and feelings without the need of any words.
Andrew M Wyatt, an Attorney from California, majored in Music for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees before entering law school. He believes a strong music education program for children is important for personal development and growth as individuals. Now working successfully both in law and financial planning, music still plays an important role in Wyatt’s life as he continues to write songs and play multiple instruments.
Keeping music alive in our schools is important for more reasons than can be accurately conveyed. With the added benefit of assisting in general learning and development, music is a way of engaging and encouraging youth that speaks to each student and provides a learning platform that is easy to understand and enjoy.