Along with all the other holidays, March is “music in the schools month”. It’s an opportunity to reinforce why music should be learned and heard in schools, and what it means to us as a nation and world.
Why learn and listen to music? According to VH1’s Save the Music,
“As we examined the music education system throughout the nation, we found that music education is not only important for its intrinsic value, but research consistently demonstrated that students who study an instrument enhance their critical thinking skills and their ability to work together as a team. They are more engaged in school and less likely to drop out; and they do significantly better in all of their academic endeavors.”
Music tells us about our history, from Folk Songs and children’s rhymes, to jazz or hip hop, there have been many developments throughout the years that show how we grow as a people.
From everything I’ve experienced, my years of piano and flute playing, as well as countless years of listening to all types of music, I know that music not only enhances an experience, but it can positively impact you emotionally.
Even if you can’t purchase musical instruments, they’re often available on loan and for younger children, can be made as fun crafts.
What impact has music had on your life?