The Important Role of Music in Education

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Music education has evolved into a critical part of the curriculum in American schools. Though in the early developmental stages of the United States, there was hardly any time for music. As a result the need for music education was at an all-time low. However, as our nation began to expand agriculturally, music began to find its purpose in society. Few began to realize that the art of sound in time which expresses ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color had an effect on their cognitive abilities inside the classroom. This led to the birth of music education as we know it. The problem lies not that music is an extracurricular activity, but a foundation to help students grow academically with honors achieving the ultimate dream. Today, music and many fine arts programs are on the decline hurting the lives of our students. History of American Music Music was not a major priority in the lives of the first American colonists. According to an article titled “U.S Music Education” The Boston Bay Settlement flourished in 1630 more than ten years after the settlers at Plymouth Rock. It was stated that these settlers had incredible amount of work to do, and little time to devote to music. However, it was not long before music was able to find its place in the church environment. Without the advancement of the latest technology that we have today, early settlers turned to singing as their praise of worship. Most of the time songs were led by the preachers who often lacked musical talent. In response to the unpleasant sound of the early church music, the start of music education was born. Reform began to take place in the appearance of singing schools. The first school of this type was opened in 17... ... middle of paper ... ... 2017. Web Mike Maciag. The U.S. Department of Education “High School Graduation Rates by State”, "National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health." U.S National Library of Medicine, 13 Nov. 2013. Phillips, Bryan. Future jobs in higher education, “No child Left Behind (NCLB) ESEA”. Web. Aug.-Sept. 2002 Riddle, W., Kober, N., "State Policy Differences Greatly Impact AYP Numbers" Center on Education Policy Sifferlin, Alexandra. "Health & Family A Healthy Balance of the Mind, Body and Spirit." 11 Sept. 2013. Stanford, Mary Ann. "History of Music Education in United States."– Web. 03 Feb. 2013 The New York Times. “High school Graduation rates plummet below 50% in some cities”. Web. June 2010 U.S Music Education- Music Education for Everyone", 16 Feb. 2011. Walker, Albert : “Low School wide Numbers” The Birmingham News., 12 May 2017. Web
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