10 Reasons Why We Need Music In Schools

10 Reasons Why We Need Music In Schools

Music teaches many valuable lessons students can't learn in a classroom.

Unfortunately these days, schools are having funding issues, and most of the time they have to cut back on programs. Most of the time music programs are at the top of the list to go first, because the Board of Education sees it as a quick fix. However, music programs play an important part in schools, and it teaches many valuable lessons students can't learn in the classroom. Here are 10 reasons music is important in school.

1. Music helps kids get involved in school.

Classes like math and English tend to follow a strict curriculum that some students find boring, but music is an enjoyable subject. For some students, music classes motivate them to get up every day and go to school. Student musicians are more likely to stay in school and to do well in other subjects outside of music.

2. Music builds imagination and intellectual interests.

Imagination is a key part of every childhood. Music gives kids a sense of imagination, as well as a good learning experience. Music can take kids to places they have never gone and tell stories they have never heard. When children are taught music at an early age, they develop a good attitude toward learning. Music helps kids develop their whole brain. Most people attribute music to the right side of the brain, but elements like tempo and pitch include the left side too.

3. Music improves self confidence.

Every time a kid learns a new song, they develop a sense of accomplishment. It can help build their pride and confidence through the support of their family and teachers. Music can also improve communication skills, which will benefit children as they get older.

4. Music improves academics.

Students who study music are more likely to excel in other subjects as well because it helps develop their critical thinking.

5. Music expands kids' vocabulary.

Kids that learn music develop areas of the brain that pertain to language and reasoning. Learning songs can also improve a child's memorization skills.

6. Music teaches children a variety of cultures.

Music can take people to incredible places and give them an insight into other cultures. There is always history to learn behind each song, and every song teaches kids a different lesson.

7. Music helps people conquer their fears.

For all the children who are shy and afraid to get up in front of people, music provides a safe and fun way to conquer their fear and get out of their comfort zone.

8. Music provides a time for relaxation.

School is stressful, and it's not always fun, but music classes provide a break. Music gets kids involved and lets them get up and use their voices. For an hour, kids get to have a good time and learn important lessons at the same time.

9. Music helps children learn teamwork.

The only way a choir and a band can function correctly is if everyone is pulling their weight. These groups require learning teamwork and being able to work with others.

10. Music teaches hard work.

Music can sometimes be difficult, but learning to conquer a difficult song teaches kids the value of hard work. One of the best experiences a person can have is performing a song they have worked on for a long time and showing people the end result of all their hard work.

Without music, the world would be completely different, and sometimes we tend to take music for granted. Music is so important it's hard to describe it in a short article. However, hopefully these 10 reasons are powerful enough to convince people that music is life changing.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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The Final Stretch Of Your Spring Semester, If The 'Riverdale' Gang Were Your Classmates

Here are what the few weeks of the semester feel like as told by the cast of "Riverdale."

Is it just me or do the final few weeks of school feel like a few months instead? I love being at school and making memories with my friends do not get me wrong. But, let's face it... I am ready to be done and home for a bit!

I have yet to visit home all semester and the constant routine of going, going, going is just boring at this point. I am ready to relax, take a break, and get out of this college town for just a bit. The final few weeks of the semester loves to take its time and multiply the normal 24 hours in a day to feel more like 72 hour days.

Here are what the few weeks of the semester feel like as told by the cast of "Riverdale."

1. When you realize you have to get a 176% on your final exam in order to get an A in the course.

(This happens to us all.)

2. When you do not quite make that 176% on your final and miss an A by either a lot of points of .00001 and your professor is not willing to help you out even just a little bit.

3. When having 3 weeks left is actually feeling more like 33 years...

4. You probably started counting down how many 8 a.m. classes you had left about a month and a half ago.

You also probably used up all of your absences already and cannot miss unless you want a 50% as your average, so you cannot ignore the sound of your alarm going off at the crack of dawn. Every time your alarm continues to go off gets harder and harder these final few weeks.

5. Thinking "Um, when did what language are these notes in?"

And, looking through all the notes from the semester and wonder who actually wrote them because you obviously did not.

6. Going out the final few weeks of school is stressful

Not only should you be prioritizing your time better, but it just feels like the same old, same old, and you are ready for a change of pace.

7. Getting hit by everything you have procrastinated to do over the semester like...

8. Looking at your exam you studied days for with absolutely no sleep, but still realizing you know absolutely none of the material and having to accept your time has run out.

9. People watching is the BEST at this time of the year.

Mental breakdowns left and right, the people who are "studying" but actually searching how to get their MRS degree online or looking at how everyone is equally being slapped in the face by the reality of exam season.

9. When your parents ask you why you did not make a 4.0 for the semester... well, umm.... yeah about that...

10. Having to be especially kind and relatable when you have not slept for hours because of finals can be extremely difficult.

Especially if you love to nap and have not gotten to enjoy that past time for a week or so.

11. When you check your exam results and realize you actually knew more than you thought and got amazing scores!!!! (The best feeling to be honest)

12. Going out with your best friends to celebrate making it through one more semester and one last time before you do not see each other for a few months is a bittersweet ending to every semester.

13. Walking away from the semester realizing that you finally made it through.

You deserve a pat on the back, round of applause, or a bow for all of your hard work! YOU MADE IT. Now, you have to go through it all again in a few months (sorry).

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