One of the most influential factors in a person's success in life is education. We spend years and years in schools and universities trying to soak up as much knowledge. To hone our skills. To realize the full potential of our talents. But when someone mentions formal learning, we always hear about the sciences, mathematics, history—what most deem as important. The arts have seemingly become a curriculum afterthought. So is music education in schools dying a slow death?
When music education gets the brunt of most budget cuts in school systems, there is a saddening decline in the opportunities to shape the future professional musicians and artists in their early stages of learning. The stigma of having 'no money' in the arts is constantly being emphasized by institutions prioritizing other courses—but the advantages of keeping the musical arts alive in the classroom are also essential to students' intellectual development.
Check out this infographic for a crash course on why we should keep music in schools.
The Musical Workout
If you think coordination and muscle movement and improvement can only be achieved by playing sports or studying biology, think again. Learning musical instruments immensely help in sharpening a person's hand-eye coordination, muscle memory, and general motor skills.
Listening to music and studying its structure also develops better listening and discerning—and if you assume that that's it, get a load of this: being exposed to music on a regular basis also makes for better focus on identifying sound patterns, which helps a student's ability to incorporate such patterns into spoken and written language. This is ideal for kids who are learning English as a second language, or those who need some grammar and literature push.
The Poetry Of It All
Music is also an essential studying tool for kids who are having trouble with tapping into their potential in other subjects in school. Listening to patterns and engaging their auditory senses improve focus, help them 'tune out' noise and other distractions in the class, and gear their brains for abstract thinking—the biggest factors needed in learning the sciences and mathematics.
More Than Grades
The school environment can be fun—but we all know that it can be extremely stressful as well. And as music gives us adults a great outlet for releasing the negative energy and converting it into a positive output, the same works for students as well. Having musical education opens an avenue for creative self-expression that is not only therapeutic, but also psychologically healthy as well.
Keeping a constant access to music education will greatly benefit children who are overwhelmed with schoolwork, stricken with depression, and riddled with stress and pressure. Learning music in a group setting also forges camaraderie, and sets up a neutral, similar ground for any kid or person. From any class. From any clique. From all walks of life. We can all agree that music is a universal language of love. It serves as a unifying tool that brings the school community closer and takes away whatever differences any of the students may have. It fosters a culture of oneness, volunteerism, and positive socialization unlike any other subject. How cool is that?
Keep this infographic on hand for when you come across an educational professional in your area. Music Education should have a permanent spot in any learning institution—and not just a small, optional after class club activity.
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