Essay on The Importance of Music Education in the School Curriculum

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Music is all around us, yet many of us do not understand it. A simple man with an office job that you pick randomly off the street could most likely tell you the basic rules of American Football, and yet that same man could have never played football in his life before. If you asked that same guy the basics of the music he is listening to, I bet you would get a blank stare back. My argument relates directly to schools so many people can reason football is not technically taught in school, but what about subjects like Biology or the countless other school subjects that a student learns, but never truly needs to utilize later? What makes those subjects any different from music? Maybe even a better question, what makes music different from …show more content…
Several studies have supported the claim that musical training aids students in many other areas of schooling and life. The College Entrance Examination Board found that “students involved in public school music programs scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation (Music for All).” Many people can say these claims are merely corollary due to the fact that children that are considered smarter will pursue music anyways. This claim cannot truly be supported, but sadly also cannot be disproven. However, research has also been conducted that explicitly says that “early music training dramatically enhancing children's abstract reasoning skills. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and engineering (Music For All).” This study was conducted by professors Gordon Shaw and Frances Rauscher at the University of California. This conclusion makes sense as no other class make students use their brains in a way a music course does. Music training combines math, language, and problem-solving skills together into one idea. Musical notation is based on a system of ratios and fractions that require a student to have basic mathematical knowledge and also the ability to apply it. For example, the lengths of notes are divided into fraction values. The largest note value is called a whole note, then a quarter note, eighth note, and so on and so
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