Music is an integral part of the lives of people all over the world, whether you are a singer, musician, or just someone who regularly listens to music or the radio.
For anyone in the three categories above, the education / desire in music has to come from somewhere, be it school, where you live, family or friends.
It is often assumed that music does not play a sufficiently important role in education, especially in relation to the visual arts, despite its importance in the development of education. In recent years, there is no doubt that music has played a much more important role in schools, both elementary and secondary, then also in college and university.
The extracurricular activities offered by high schools today are arguably the most varied they have ever been, and music plays a big part in the scheme of things, but the question is whether teachers / animators and parents promote and encourage enough students to make music?
Research has provided us with several different answers to this question. One study was based on evidence from inspections of 90 primary and 90 secondary schools between 2008 and 2011.
In primary schools, one in three girls participated in additional musical activities, compared with one in seven boys and in secondary schools only 14% of the students took additional singing or instrument lessons.
Another argument that has been raised regularly is the amount of music that is actually played in music lessons, especially in secondary education.
Research indicated that in some lessons, teachers or students did not play or sing a single note. According to reports, overuse of non-musical activities such as writing has been made without any reference to musical sound.
Too much time has been spent talking about tasks without teachers actually demonstrating what was required musically, or without allowing students to continue making music.
Music is very important in early educational development and has a positive influence on children in preschool and primary education.
Music has even been shown to affect brain shape and development more significantly than any other subject, including math. Children seem to get a lot of fun and joy from listening to music, making music, and moving to music.
Research has shown that children who are actively involved in music (who play or sing it regularly):
- They improve in reading and math when they start school.
- They are better able to concentrate and control their bodies.
- Play better with others and have higher self-esteem.
Music education is also very important in high school, college and university as it provides great preparation for other academic areas.
Participating in different extracurricular activities can also reduce stress, improve musical ability, and is also a great way to meet new people and learn in a less rigid context.
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