"Wouldn't it be great if schools received all the money they
needed, and the Air Force had to hold a bake sale to buy a
~ as seen on a guitar-case adorned with like-stickers.
According to school boards across the country, the illusive
core curriculum does not include the arts. The essential knowledge
a child should posses is limited to math, science, English,
history, and geography.
Now labeled as extracurricular activities, music and art are
the first areas attacked when a school faces budget cuts.
It is difficult to deal with financial concerns in the classroom.
Every school should have unlimited resources to educate our
children, but the fact remains that many do not. Why should
we be concerned that music is being taken out of the classroom?
What can a child learn in a school music class that is as
important as a math lesson? These are the questions asked
at school board meetings. The answers can be found in children
who have not had the experience of studying music in school.
They are unaware of the possibilities found in music. Music
is a valuable source for mental, social, and emotional learning,
and should remain in the nations schools.
Music stimulates the mind. Who has not heard about the Mozart
effect? Research indicates that listening to classical music,
that of Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven, enhances a child's mental
capacity for learning.
Does this mean a child immersed in classical music will definitely
be a math genius? Probably not, but she has a better chance
than a child not exposed to classical music.
The study of music in schools promotes social well-being by
giving children a sense of belonging to a group. Feeling important
is essential to a child's self esteem and development. As
part of a musical ensemble, a child becomes a vital member
of a somewhat social group. There is a camaraderie among band/choir
members that is not found anywhere else. The common goal of
making music brings students together. They experience joy
while performing and learn that hard work and discipline do
These lessons are important in life. To remove these opportunities
would deny the social growth of students. With the recent
rise of teen violence, educators are encouraging children
to participate in extracurricular school activities as an
alternative to the streets. Such programs have been developed
in inner cities and have produced incredible results. Not
only do the students stay off the streets, they have a respect
for themselves as they become aspiring musicians. An introduction
to music is valuable to the development of these children.
These programs do cost money and that seems to be the main
argument of opposing forces.
Social development of students is just as important as academic
skills. Without social skills, a child will not reach her
full potential. She can be the smartest in her class, but
if she lacks self esteem and the ability to interact socially
with her peers, her full potential will be difficult to achieve.
Many children who study music will not enter the music profession,
but will always have a love and enjoyment of music in their
lives. For all the benefits of music education, there is still
a struggle to keep it in Canada's classrooms. Our country
is slowly realizing the importance of music, but is still
hesitant to give it the value of the core subjects. Every
student in every school should be given an opportunity to
study music. Budget problems have made it difficult to fund
Children deserve to experience the wonderful world of music.
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