A World Without School Music
Way too many people—including administrators and school board members—consider music education in school to be “special,” “optional,” or an “extra.”
It is most assuredly NOT.
Students learn skills in the music classroom that aren’t taught anywhere else inside or outside the building, before or after school.
Without school music, students would miss these benefits:
- “Children who sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or take part in drama activities are more likely to make good moral choices than their peers.”
- “Music improves our memory and verbal intelligence.”
- “With music in schools, students connect to each other better: greater camaraderie, few fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.”
- “In terms of brain development, musical performance is every bit as important educationally as reading or writing.” — Oliver Sacks
“The study found increased thickness in parts of the brain responsible for executive functioning, which includes working memory, attentional control and organizational skills. In short, music actually helped kids become more well-rounded. Not only that, they believe that musical training could serve as a powerful treatment of cognitive disorders like ADHD.“
“Playing music trains the whole person, from physical coordination to emotional expression, from the quiet discipline of daily practice to the confidence boost of a great performance, from finding your own voice, to collaborating and creating harmony with others.”
If you or your child is currently having or had a positively transformative experience as a result of time in a music classroom, TELL SOMEONE. TELL EVERYONE.
Before it’s too late.