Many American schools have been cutting their budgets, and music classes are one of the first classes to be cut. This is because music is not considered part of the core curriculum as are classes such as English and math. Music classes are being cut despite their proven mental benefits in areas such as language and mathematics. Music classes should not be getting cut from public schools and the benefits of playing a musical instrument should be taken more seriously. Music classes are very beneficial for the mental development of children and should play an important part in education.
Music increases intelligence skills and may help children in academic areas not associated with music. Studies published on September 20th 2006 in science daily about how the study of music affects children between ages four and six says that “After one year the musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, Visio spatial processing, mathematics and IQ.” This Quote suggests that if children study music they will perform better in school and retain more of the information that they learned. It seems that music may be just as vital as math and English because it will help children excel in these areas by increasing intelligence skills. So with all of these benefits why is the music program one of the first departments to be taken out during budget cuts? Of course I do understand that music is considered an elective and that electives are
not recognized for having the importance of a core class but the benefits of having music in school curriculum seems obvious.
Another thing that playing music can improve is language skills. In the article “Playing Music Can Be Good for Your Brain/ Stanford study Finds It Helps the Understanding of Language” by Carrie Sturrock, it states that, “musical training improves how the brain processes the spoken word.” It then goes on to say that musical training could help children with dyslexia and other reading problems by improving the language portion of the brain. So children would be able to understand and excel in their language oriented classes just by studying music and children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia may get the push that they need to overcome their difficulty and get through school without struggling. Further more music would be a beneficial thing to have in schools to accompany English and math classes because it increases student’s potential to learn.
Children with no musical training seem not to do as well on certain tests as children who have musical training. For example an article written in science daily on Nov. 5, 2008 called “Time Invested in Practicing pays off for young musicians; Research shows” says, “on tests measuring verbal ability and visual pattern completion children who study music out perform children with no musical training.” The article says that children age eight...