I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.
– Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education
The importance of music education cannot be overstated, yet somehow we continue to cut these integral programs from our schools. Classes in the arts have taken a back seat in order to make more room for standardized testing, and our kids are suffering the consequences. Former President Gerald Ford said, “Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”
Well we couldn’t agree more.
While some advocates of cutting arts education from schools would argue that music classes get in the way of other learning opportunities, the research doesn’t back it up. In fact, many studies have shown that incorporating music education into schools enhances a student’s achievement in non-musical subjects. For example, the study of rhythm in a music class translates to spatial-temporal reasoning skills that are integral for success in mathematics. It is also widely accepted that musical training enhances the left side of the brain, known to be important for processing language.
Brain development and success in academics aside, watch any group of children playing music together and you’ll see the other benefits that come with these important classes. Friendships are made! Confidence is instilled. Discipline, perseverance, creativity and improvisation are learned and reinforced. Playing and listening to music is also incredibly soothing, and useful for stress relief.
We know we’re preaching to the choir, as they say. If you’ve found our website and this blog, you are likely on board with this notion. We have to ensure that every child has access to music education, not only to enhance their experience as kids and students, but also to better prepare them for the workforce. We have to instill the importance of creativity, discipline and self-confidence in the leaders of future generations.
Music education is important to the family here at Gerry’s Music, and we hope you feel the same. Spread the word to anyone who will listen! Let’s keep fighting for our kids!