According to the Children’s Music Workshop, the effect of music education on language development can be seen in the brain. Studies have indicated that musical training develops the left side of the brain known to be involved in processing language and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. The relation between both music and language development can also have advantages children. Listening to music can also improve children test scores and IQ levels. Dr. Schellenberg found that a small increase in the IQs of six year olds who were given weekly vocal and piano lessons.
As a result of less time being focused on the common core subjects, board members believe that the test scores and GPAs of students will decrease. This is narrow minded way of thinking, a school in Davenport looked into the grades and GPAs of students involved in music at the school and found that students who were involved in music education courses we academically inclined when compared to those who were not in them. “Music bestows on mental processes which are implicated in academic achievement, music programs are a wise investment in children with varying academic interests. The enhanced brain development that musicians obtain can be exploited in a variety of different academic disciplines. In particular, musicians have increased corpus callosum density,” (Breen 8).
Despite the benefits that music education provides, some ignorant people criticize music and say limited funding should be spent on academics or sports. They argue that, “The ability to paint a picture or dance will not aid in landing a job’(“Arts Education”). This is true, but the point of music education is not to provide all musical students with a job; it is to teach them valuable skills that can be used in the workplace. Roberta Guspari, a New York violin teacher, supports this idea. She says, “learning an instrument teaches you to study anything.” Other commentators say that in 2011, over 70 percent failed a national science test (“Arts Education”).
Why have creative skills been put on the back burner in today’s society? Some say that music education is a waste of valuable resources, takes time away from academic subjects, is noisy and distracting, when in reality this is false. Music is a valuable resource that every human being should enjoy. Although our economy has been failing lately, we should not let ourselves believe that the only way to be productive is in a field that makes us unhappy, like computers or science. In America’s recent economic downfall, music education is commonly one of the first programs to be cut in districts around the country; this should not be the case because it benefits students academically, socially, and physically throughout the rest of their lives.
However, a recent study from Northwestern University claims that, ¨in order to fully reap the cognitive benefits of a music class, kids cannot just sit there and let the sound of music wash over them. They have to be actively engaged in the music and participate in the class.¨ This study shows that playing a musical instrument can help improve kids´ overall literacy skills and make them more successful
As stated by Winston Churchill, “Without the arts, what is there to fight for?” the arts, especially music and visual arts are the base to society. Without one there is no need to improve. Students who have been exposed to music from early childhood and those who perform in band, choir or other programs are more capable at achieving more in their school careers and are more likely to bring about social change. This concept of band or some musical program to better a student’s academic achievement can provide skills that the child didn’t know they processed. “Band is an experience that has long lasting effect on students.
These statistics show that music education is vital for our students and should therefore be kept in the schools (Mickela). However, some people (no “would”) view music education as a luxury that is simply too expensive. ... ... middle of paper ... ...icials are failing to see just how important music is; it does in fact benefit the student, and can and will help the student with his or her future career. Music education is beneficial to students. If we want our students to have more self-esteem (you never mentioned self-esteem in your essay, don’t throw it in here), higher test scores, and more personal expression (same with this, this is never mentioned), then music education needs to be kept in school systems.
School budgets have been hit hard in these difficult times of economic stress. Many have heard about how the arts and music programs are almost always the first to be cut, but this does not make sense in light of studies relating music education and higher math scores, an obvious goal of any school district. Because of this apparent logical fallacy, researchers have studied music and its place in elementary schools in the Tacoma Public School district. Allowing students to be involved in music programs stimulates their brains and helps them have greater success in school. Researchers began by searching for specific studies that relate music and other subjects, specifically math.
The Benefits of Music Education Due to budget cuts, students all across America are missing an opportunity that could benefit them greatly. Many changes all across America are cutting the fine arts program out of schools. The fine arts program is incredibly important for a child. Children should be exposed to music at a young age to help them succeed as an adult. Music education should be properly funded so they can gain important knowledge and life skills in school.
Most people have been introduced to the idea that music has a positive impact on the field of education, especially in mathematics. This has been a back-and-forth battle between advocates for music and the arts in schools and those looking for ways to deal with budget cuts. Logically thinking, music is based on math in that it deals with patterns and ratios (Vaughn, 2000). Research has shown that music, both music education and simply listening to music, can benefit students. The purpose of this study is to look at how music can affect test scores in the subject of mathematics in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.