Don’t Stop the Music

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Priest and theology professor Martin Luther was a great supporter of music education, “I always loved music; whoso has skill in this art is of good temperament, fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools; a schoolmaster ought to have skill in music, or I would not regard him.” In tough economic times like the ones we are experiencing now, it becomes increasingly more difficult for public schools to operate without cutting back. Unfortunately the programs on the chopping block all seem to fall under the category of the arts, especially music. School districts are overlooking the effect on students because they believe it will save them thousands of dollars, and give the schools more time to teach what “matters”. In reality the benefits of keeping music classes out weigh the cost. According to the Music Unlocks Success in Children (M.U.S.I.C.) Foundation’s website, musical training develops certain parts of the left side of the brain used for language and reasoning. Sharpening these skills can make it easier for grade school students to problem solve in other aspects of learning such as math and science and help them make every day decisions. The Foundation notes that students are able to solve these problems by thinking more creatively. This can lead to higher scores on standardized tests. With higher test scores schools will receive more funding. They, therefore, will be more able to afford the programs they are considering getting rid of. The College-Bound Senior National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers showed that in 2001, students who were involved in music scored significantly higher than those with no music participation. Because these kinds of classes are seen as luxuries, schools see them as the f... ... middle of paper ... ...selves. There are not many people in the world who have not been affected by music; everyone listens to some form. Why deny a student something that can better them forever? Music is needed in the schools just as much as algebra, biology, and english. We need to encourage state education boards to make the right decisions and find a way to save money by cutting other things and saving music. Works Cited Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Music for All The M.U.S.I.C. Foundation Allan Miller, Dorit Coen “The Case for Music in the Schools”
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