|The Question: Why Study
|Taken from: The Role of Music in the Life
So many times students and parents feel that the only goal of studying music
is being able to play or sing a piece of music with no mistakes; and that
the years of practicing are merely requirements for learning more difficult
While it is true that in most cases the primary goal of music lessons is
the mastery of the particular instrument, studying music can have other
beneficial effects upon a child. One educator states: "Music is the
most logical subject in the early school, since it cuts across the skills
which are vital to the learning experience. What are these skills?
In the primary grades, music reading skills have been found to facilitate
basic reading skills such as oral reading, reading comprehension, and
reading vocabulary. Reading music also teaches continuity in reading
and contributes to the development of the child's aural integration."
Music teaches concentration, memory skills, alertness, and self-control,
all of which are important in learning how to listen attentively. Moreover,
interesting relationships have been found to exist between listening
and reading, intelligent and academic achievement.
Music instruction is available as a constructive force in the development
of adequate speech behavior.
- OVERALL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
A significant relationship ha been found between musical concept scores
and verbal and mathematical aptitude, as measured by the College Entrance
examination Board test.
Daily music experience had a definite positive effect upon the self
conceptual, social, and school attitudes of the experimental subjects
Music can play a significant role in helping students emotionally. Music
has value not only because it is an expresser of emotions but also because
it is a releaser of emotions.
- IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY
Music education fosters imagination.... Educators of old have recognized
the imagination as a strong driving force in learning.
- PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS
Music facilitates the audio-tactile development in young eyes and ears,
thereby strengthening the whole motor coordination into an experimental
- AESTHETIC TASTES
The child's aesthetic capabilities and needs are often neglected in
his general education. Music provides inexhaustible opportunities for
- SOCIAL SKILLS
Music can turn a child's delight from frequently participating in destructive
activity into an orderly activity, thereby changing the fundamental
significance of his actions. It can provide an opportunity for the development
of: mutual respect, cooperative, democrative behavior, and new friendships."
|Therefore, when a parent asks "Why should
my child study music?" they should realize that music education teaches
more than just note reading and learning songs.