EDMONTON, Alta. Jan. 25, 2017/ Troy Media/ – When it comes to most high schools around the country, music still is an optional course. Choir, band and orchestra music is often offered as a course as well as music theory. There are many advantages and disadvantages associated with music education, but the pros outweigh the cons. In this article we’re going to explore some of the pros and cons of music education in schools.
Pros: Better Cognitive Development
It has been shown that children who follow music classes earlier in their lives have better brain development than those who don’t. Music also stimulates development in the language centers of the brain. According to Caroline Philips, who works for the Children’s Music Workshop, songs imprint language right into the brain and facilitate the learning of language later on.
Cons: Budgeting Concerns
Many schools, especially public ones, have to deal with deep budgeting issues at the moment. They are also under extreme pressure to perform under the current set of rules, and many school departments may still be on the fence about the utility of a musical program.
More teachers with an online MMME degree are being sought after by school departments around the country because of compelling evidence that school programs actually promote success among students. More and more teachers have decided to enroll for an online master of music in music education as a result and the career prospects are looking pretty good in this sector at the moment.
However, the fact that budgets allocated to music are still very limited in many cases makes teaching musical classes difficult for many teachers.
Pro: Better Grades
As mentioned earlier, there is a clear correlation between music class and the rate of success in many students. Music requires students to use their critical thinking ability and also improves creativity. As a result, the skills acquired through their music classes spills over to other disciplines and improve their results across the board.
As a matter of fact, it has been proven that students who had musical classes tend to perform better at SAT tests than those who didn’t. They also exhibited greater spatial intelligence skills. This allows musical students to have a better understanding of mathematical principles and formulas.
Pro: Increase Understanding of Foreign Cultures
Music offers students a window into the world. With the help of music, teachers can teach students about different cultures. They can also bridge gaps between members of other communities and teach students to have empathy towards members of other groups.
The benefits of music education cannot be denied. They allow students to be more open to the world around them, allow them to develop a sense of empathy, and can improve academic results. In addition, music has also been shown to improve brain development in younger children. We can expect music classes to be almost omnipresent in the next coming years as more school departments realize the many beneficial effects they can have on their student body.
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