It is unfortunate that music education is being offered less and less in quite a few of our school systems in North America. As education budgets get squeezed, some schools are taking music from their curriculum to create room for other subjects.
But the truth is, music education and involvement can be very important to the overall development of our kids. It is an important subject area that needs to be given the attention and importance it deserves.
Among other things, music education and participation in activities involving music helps in relieving stress, contributes to brain development and opens up opportunities for meaningful human interaction and connection among kids.
The fact is, there are many other reasons why music education for young school children is valuable. Here are a few:
1. Music teaches discipline
When kids play musical instruments or sing in groups it teaches discipline and the importance of doing their part in a joint project. Not only does it help them realize the need to work in a coordinated manner, but it helps to bring out their own personal potential.
Through group participation music teaches children the importance of time management. Balancing practice schedules with other things going on in their lives is an important lesson in time management. This is a skill that will become more and more important as they grow older.
2. Stimulates Brain development
Many studies have found out that music has positive impacts on the development of children’s brain. Playing music regularly leads to better neural processing ability. Studies have shown that children who regularly engage in playing music perform better in other school subjects than those who don’t.
Regular involvement in musical activities also increases reading and comprehension abilities in kids.
3. Appreciation of culture
It is often overlooked that when children participate in musical activities -like playing and singing traditional tunes – this helps them understand the values, norms, and customs of their own culture. For similar reasons, performing songs from other cultures encourages a better understanding of those cultures.
4. Provides a break from the normal school activities
Music gives children an alternative activity in school from normal classwork. This contributes to making the life at school more interesting and varied, as well as (hopefully) injecting an element of fun into the school day.
5. Development of individual and communal skills
Participation in choruses, guitar bands, drum lines, ukulele bands, and choirs helps in the development of both social and individual skills. As children engage with each other they learn the importance of group work and the way the success of the group depends on the contribution of each individual.
6. Teaches children how to perform in public
Music gives children a unique opportunity to perform in public. One objective of public performance is to boost the self-esteem and confidence of the children. This can contribute to their success in the future where self-confidence when dealing with the public is important.
7. Relieves stresses
For some children the pressures of school can be quite stressful. Music offers a break from normal academic pressures, and provides an alternative activity that makes school less of a grind.
All things considered, music is a major part of the lives of most children. Giving them an opportunity to engage with other children in musical activities is an important way to make school more interesting and productive.