A brief rationale for music education
Music has always played a major role in society. It exalts the human spirit and enhances the quality of life.
One fundamental purpose of education is to transmit our cultural heritage, and music is a powerful means for communicating that message.
Music in education provides both motivation and opportunity for success for at-risk students. Because it is essential that every student succeeds in school, music should be used as a means for enhancing self-esteem, respect for others, and good citizenship.
Music study can help students understand the nature of mankind. It provides a readily accessible avenue to the study of other cultures.
Music uses one of the most powerful and complex systems of existence, which can be used for the development of critical thinking skills in all students.
Music helps with the aspects of life that cannot be quantified. Since much in education emphasizes true/false tests and other objective measures, students need experiences in which there are opportunities for several acceptable interpretations to any given problem. By providing exercises in creative problem solving through composition, performance and listening, music brings a proper balance to the curriculum.
There is ample documentation that music study enhances students’ scores on standardized tests.
Presidents and CEO’s of some of America’s major corporations have testified that the critical and intuitive thinking skills that students learn through music study are what they are looking for in employees and corporate officers.