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.
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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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2. Your heart breaks every time you have to buy a new textbook.

Somehow every professor seems to have their own “special edition” textbook for class… And somehow it’s always a couple hundred bucks… And somehow, it's ALWAYS required.

3. Hearing "attendance is not mandatory," but knowing attendance is VERY mandatory.

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4. You’re never the smartest person in your class anymore.

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Today in genetics you learned about mosaicism. The fact that somebody can have a disease in part of their total body cells but normal throughout all others gets you so hype. Even though you know that your family, friends and neighbors don’t actually care about your science facts, you HAVE to tell them all anyways.

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It is okay to put yourself first and do what's best for you

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It's that time of year again when your days are filled with nothing but class, work, assignments, clubs, extracurricular activities and much more. Your time and brain are going in every possible direction. But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if letting go, actually gave you something back? That's right, I am talking about the word no and all it can do for you.

I too, fall into the trap of doing more is better. Having all my time devoted to activities or work is good for me. Taking nineteen plus credits hours somehow makes me a better person, even smarter person. Well, I hate to break it you, and me, that this thought process is extremely detrimental.

There are no rules that say we must do everything and anything. If there are, they are wrong. And that's why saying no is so important.

Currently, I am taking nineteen credit hours. Soon, I am going to make sure that it is sixteen. After the first week of classes, I discovered I was in a class that would provide me with a wonderful education, but it was not counting towards my major. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided that it would be best to say no to this particular class.

Before this year, I would have said, it's okay (even if it wasn't) and muster through the class. To the old me, dropping a class would be like quitting, but I cannot even begin to tell you, and me, how far from the truth that is.

Saying no is brave. Saying no is the right thing to do. Saying no allows you to excel in other areas. Because I have decided to say no, I am opening two more hours in my day. I am relieving myself of work and projects that would add to my already hectic schedule. I am doing what is best for me.

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This is your year to say no. Not because you are lazy. Not because you aren't smart enough. Not because you can't. Say no because it is best for you. Say no because it frees you. Say no because you can!

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