Music Education in our Public Schools
Music Education is no doubt a necessity to the students of today. Music plays a major role in everyone’s daily life. Music is listened to while driving in the car, when eating in restaurants, relaxing at home, and even when on hold to a company’s overloaded phone system. Music is everywhere you turn, and it should be one of the main subjects to be studied in our public school systems. Public schools in America need to understand that the funding and continued study of music is just as important as the funding for math or science to produce a well rounded graduate.
Public schools in America have the awesome responsibility of producing America’s next generation of productive members of society. Along with that responsibility they have the obligation to produce a well rounded individual who has an educational background in many fields. When most think about classes at school we automatically think of Math, Science, or English, unfortunately, music education is left off of that main list of classes far too often.
Studies have shown that exposing small children to music will accelerate their cognitive ability far greater than the children who were not exposed to music. A study of almost 240 second grade students show that the half that received piano training scored an average of 27 percent higher on proportional and fractions math tests than the group who did not have the piano training (www.namm.com).
In the public school system of standardized testing and never ending required classes, music seems to have slipped through the cracks. If a school system is trying to produce a well rounded individual, music education is a must in the curriculum. Music education is one of humanity’s seven intelligences. If one area of intelligence is ignored, then a student has lost that sense of themselves. This loss is a major burden of the public school system that must be addressed.
Another shortcoming of the public schools system, which is regrettably apparent to both music educators and students alike are the priorities for funding school programs are non-educational. In several public school systems in Central Ohio, when their respective levies failed to pass, each school board decided to fund non-academic programs such as football, basketball and other programs alike. However, while the school found money to be able to compete in sporting events, music education was completely taken off of the curriculum. This practice is almost unbelievable considering that the No Child Left behind Act passed by congress in 2001 specifically states, “Music education is a core academic subject” (NCLB).
Music education is not only the study of rhythms and note patterns; music education is the chance to study an art form that is new and different each and every time it is practiced or performed. Musically educated students not only have a better understanding of the fine arts than other students, but...