Music in Education
Music in education is essential to our children because it increases their listening skills and is a common
method of communication for cultures worldwide.
Music is Education
There are schools attempting to eliminate teaching musical arts to our children. The board of
education claims they must provide education by concentrating on the basic academic courses, but what
they don't realize is that music is a major part of basic education. We must not allow them to pull the
teaching of music out of our school curriculums because music is an essential form of communication. Our
children do not have to be fluent in the arts to receive the value of broad exposure to the different musical
dialogues. Deprivation of a very valuable part of education occurs if we do not teach them to appreciate a
wide variety of music.
Metaphorically speaking, we often associate the terms language and grammar with the term
music. This association leads us to believe that music is a form of language, possibly because no symbol
system other than language has the same potential as music of infinite productivity and precision. It takes
a multitude of directions and phonetic-type symbolism to produce a pleasant sounding musical
composition. This relates very closely to the requirements of everyday language. The primary objective of
any spoken language is to convey a person's thoughts in a comprehensible fashion, but we must remember
that everyone thinks and comprehends everything differently.
Musical language contains vast quantities of words to help people understand how original
composers intended to play a specific piece. Musical language also has directions that allow and encourage
some scope of original interpretation and minor departures from the written score, resulting in no two
performances sounding exactly alike.
The English language, as we know it, carries a very strong parallel to these same interpretable
words. Dialect and slang are just two of the many connotative forms to speak different languages. All
languages contain these variations and reinforce the need for striving toward understanding a basically
generic language. It would be very difficult to speak to a non-English speaking person and clearly convey
a message unless both persons were familiar with basic terminology. It would be just as unlikely to
communicate a musical message to someone not educated or interested in musical interpretation.
The term music in itself has many different connotations. One in the United States may not have
the same perceptions as one whose origin is France or Australia, or elsewhere in the world. In my travels
through Europe and South America I...