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Importance of Music Education in Schools

Geeta Dhavale Jun 30, 2019
Music plays a very crucial role in the overall development of an individual. The given content will cast some light on its importance in schools, which is unfortunately, severely neglected.
Music has been an essential part of almost every culture. In fact, music is what makes every culture richer. And what would be any better way to teach your children about different cultures? Well, it is not only about learning cultures, but about developing an attitude, cognition, and maintaining the emotional and psychological balance through music.
There are many studies that have proved how beneficial its presence could be in the overall development of a child. Many parents and schools believe that learning the art is fruitless, quite contradictory to studies that have shown the direct connection between learning music and better academic performance.
According to experts, students who were exposed to the basic lessons in childhood are more likely to score higher in math, languages, and science. It is because of its composition of all the aforementioned factors. Let's dig deeper.

Personal and Emotional Development

You might have spent more than half of your energy teaching children discipline, cooperation, values, and other social skills in various ways. But a simple music lesson can teach them all these during the course.
Children are most likely to take out time for these classes, especially when they are learning with other peers. It's highly likely that they would do this for other subjects too. So, it helps them become self-disciplined, organized, coordinated, and cooperative.
When they are learning in a group, they also learn about teamwork, reliability, taking responsibility, and being accountable. Apart from that, children get an opportunity to know about the history of the art, artists, different instruments, how to make and repair new instruments, and much more.
This certainly adds to their knowledge, and takes them closer to the lives of artistic people, which can provide them valuable insights. Music in itself is a form of self-expression and creativity, which imparts complex thinking abilities in children, which in turn, improves their cognitive abilities.
It is easier to think about abstract things, as it improves the imagination when one tries to invent or create his own tune or learning the old ones. So, music is also a great way to express oneself, which can help in reducing the emotional and psychological stress.
In fact, there are so many psychologists who use 'music therapy' to treat patients with mental disorders. Hence, it's plausibly the only tool that can provide your brain and mind with exercise as well as relaxation. Apart from this, music can serve as one of the best ways to boost a child's self-esteem, especially someone who is poor in academic subjects.
Imagine, playing a violin or singing a solo song at an annual function of the school can do wonders for your kid's self-esteem. Therefore, music is certainly healing and is very important for the personal, emotional, mental, and psychological growth of children.

Aid in Academic Development

A boost in academic improvement can certainly be the incentive for many parents and schools to allow or introduce these sessions for all children.
Many scientists and child development psychologists have come to the consensus on the fact that music does improve a child's academic performance, if not, they certainly gain more expertise in core subjects, like science, language, math, and history. The learning involves rhythm, which is achieved by time sense and counting.
For example, children need to find out how long or short each note is, or when to strike which cord, or what the dot on the note signifies, etc. So, one has to have a good sense of timing, and ability to multiply and divide time, in order to achieve the same. And, there are many studies to support this fact that music improves math.
In fact, there are many musicians who were exceptionally good at mathematics. You must be aware that the notes are generally multiple signs that one must learn in order to read them. Learning such notes helps in improving the linguistic skills of a child.
While learning, they also go through different poems and songs written by previous artists, lyricists, singers, and poets, which would help them learn more about literature and some great artists. Music also helps children improve in science.
While learning about different instruments, notes, and styles, they try to discover what sounds go together or how sound waves work, what mechanical corrections to do to get the exact sound, and the connection between distance and sound waves. It helps them find out more about science, and with practical experiences, it's easy to learn scientific theories.
Music enhances one's logical intelligence, mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, along with intra-personal and interpersonal communication. Now that you would have realized its importance in schools, when do you plan to have a meeting with your kid's teachers about starting a course at school?