The entirety of music education, encapsulated in four sentences:
I’d love to believe we all could make the case based on the intrinsic value we gain as individuals or the increased connections we make. It was reported that after the Columbine shootings, those who participated in the drama program were found to be those who healed and reconnected fastest. For these kids it was the only thing that brought them back from that tragedy. However, the bureaucrats speak in test scores and metrics, and we as arts educators need to wage this battle as well.
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Professors from Florida, Michigan, and others offer their answers to this question with surprising variety. Some I’m on board with:
Due to a lack of state level policy regarding music education, many children have no music teacher in their school building. Although there are rich opportunities for outside of school community music in the United States, many children cannot afford to pay for music instruction outside of the school setting. Citizens interested in making a difference in music education must advocate for a well-prepared, certified music teacher in every school building.
While others have me scratching my head:
The most important issue in music education today is one that has existed for as long as has formal music education: assessment.
What is the most important issue in music education today? | OUPblog.
Benefits of Music Education: Why Music and the Brain Provides A Piano for Every Child
Music and the Brain installs 15 to 25 pianos and keyboards in labs in each participating school … Instead of just teaching musical notes to children, Music and the Brain stimulates kids to think, act on that thinking, and become inspired to produce their own sounds. Take the William Tell Overture. In some programs, students may learn to read music and then play the song. With Music and the Brain, students find where notes are repeated, discuss and describe the music and how it felt to them, and create a story to go with the music.
This is good…
“The schools in this country need to go back to where they were in the ’70s when they understood that music education was seminal to children,” Lercari says. “Five-year-olds have so many neurons flying in their brains that they need to use them. The benefit of music is that it makes things connect more easily. Kids are dying to learn and understand, not just music, but they want to grasp this world that they are in.”
… and this is great. Inspiring article on what sounds like a wonderful program.
Punk Rockers Help Raise Money For Music Education At Chinatown Elementary School
“She started kindergarten this year and in the first week we got this letter and it said, ‘Can you help us raise $50,000 bucks to pay for our music program?’” … So Wong got his music fundraiser idea. “I love punk rock, and there are all these culture overlapping but they never really contact each other.”
Very cool. Fundraising opportunities are out there, you just have to find, or create, them.
Judy Guenseth: Music pays big dividends for kids
Our community does a good job of providing opportunities to listen to great choral and instrumental music including providing free opportunities to students. Let’s do more in the area of promoting early childhood music experiences and finding affordable ways of providing early musical education for all children. It is an enrichment that plays big dividends. Hans Christian Anderson said it well, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
As far as legitimate reasons for getting kids involved in music go, Ms. Guenseth steps foot onto somewhat shaky ground. But I can’t argue with this conclusion.
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