The Importance of Music in Schools
Emotional and Practical Maturity
- Music education fosters emotional maturity, as students learn to set and achieve personal goals and to "be the performer without making one's self the center of attention rather than the music," according to Ken Petress in "The Importance of Music Education." Practical maturity is gained through music education as students learn the rewards of hard work and diligent practice. Time management, self-assessment, the ability to accept criticism and performance skills are all important lessons students learn through music education.
- Music education teaches skills and promotes values that lead to personal development, such as self-discipline, dedication, teamwork, self-confidence and practice. All these values and the behaviors that demonstrate them are necessary to be a well-rounded person in all realms of life. Although these values are taught through other disciplines in various ways, the importance of learning them through music education in schools is that they translate into other disciplines so naturally. Students who enjoy music can easily transfer the habits learned to pursue their music to academic subjects. Therefore, music in schools is an essential component of a complete educational program.
- "Scientists have also discovered that learning to read music or play a musical instrument develops higher thinking skills," according to Patricia Guth in "The Importance of Music Education." This means that children who learn music in schools are better problem-solvers and are better at analysis and overall critical thinking. Because studying or playing music uses the same part of the brain that is used in mathematical thinking, music education can help promote better math students.
- Promoting music in schools provides students with interests that take up considerable time and energy outside the academic classroom. Students become involved in a myriad of extracurricular activities through their music, including competitions, bands and sports. Being busy with music-related activities helps to keep students from getting involved in the kinds of negative activities that lead to serious problems, such as drugs and alcohol.
Success in Life
- The importance of music in schools is that it fosters the kind of discipline that contributes to the development of personality traits and characteristics that bring one success in all of life's endeavors. Music education helps develop overall intelligence, which translates to success in academic subjects in school. Music education also opens doors socially and culturally. All these factors lead to success in life.