The Importance of Music Education Essay

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Imagine a world without music; it would be an extremely boring and quiet place to live. Music is found in every kind of culture and has been used for thousands of years as a means of expression. Music can deliver a message; it can be used as a vehicle for poetry; it can be appreciated for its aesthetic qualities, or it can serve as nothing more than entertainment. Recently, many studies have been conducted proving that music is vital to a child's education and development. However, many school systems have had to make budget cuts, and one of the first things to be removed was the music program. Music is important in education for many reasons. Recent studies have proven that taking music classes at a young age helps a child to…show more content…
When a group of musicians are playing a piece of music together and someone plays a wrong note or rhythm, the mistake is obvious and causes the ensemble to sound bad. However, in many other aspects of life achieving less than perfection can be acceptable. Ninety-five percent is usually a very acceptable score on school assignments, but in music if you miss five notes or rhythms of every 100 that you attempt, the music will sound horrible, especially if you multiply that level of performance by every member of the ensemble. Learning to play a musical instrument is difficult and time consuming; learning to read music can be as challenging as learning a second language, but the difficulty and challenge of mastering these skills can allow a person to be expressive on many levels. Simply writing words to a song and creating a tune to go with it can be a form of therapy that boosts self confidence. As Anna sang to Louis in the musical The King and I , "When ever I feel afraid, I whistle a happy tune!" According to a book entitled Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years:
"Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students' understanding and appreciation of the world around them." These activities help keep students time more structured. It has been said, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop." Involvement in extracurricular
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