Opening the invigorating article, “Why Music Education? 2007” having so many atrocities pulling the world apart, music is a great way for bringing people together (9).
Diagnosed with a severe case of autism and blindness at birth, Derek Paravacini is viewed as a music savant. He has the extraordinary ability to play a music piece after just hearing it. Derek has been engrossed by the piano since the age of two and has been performing around the world since the age of nine. From studying various music genres, at age 32 he his able to transform an elegant classical piece into an upbeat jazz piece. His virtuosity has no limit as he continues to absorb every bit of knowledge pertaining to music.
School boards that are cutting music programs do not understand the monumental impacts that music has on an individual. Across the globe, writes Durant, songs are also made to inspire and even move a person emotionally (2). Energy will surge through an exhausted football team, simply motivated by a fight song performed by the band. While music can pump up a team, some songs provide hushed or soothing tunes to lull a person into sleep (Sherman 6). That same song at the football game inspiring the team to receive another touchdown has the power to dictate the crowd to its feet with hope. Composer Gilbert Galindo reveals that certain music genres affect a person’s mood (2). Music is used for expression or even communication (O’Neil 1). A specific song can resemble memories to a person (Durant 1). One song alone can represent a lost love, a fledgling relationship, a devastating heart break, a memory of where the song was first heard and even a connection to their religion. Music, provides Sherman, is also valued in church where it can provide a voluminous amount of positive religious emotion (2).
With only a few draw backs from having a music education, the benefits are endless. With a music education, some students who lack the money for an advancement in musical interests benefit in their educational career more than students in upper class communities. Catterall writes that students in low- income communities do better in schools with music programs (1).According to the article “Benefits of Musical Education”, in schools providing high- quality music education programs, standardized tests score higher than the schools that offer deficient music education programs, despite the socioeconomic level of the community (1). With higher scores on tests, the school’s community will take more pride its school, in turn giving the school more support.
Research proves that schools that provide a music education prosper far more efficiently in other qualities other than just rewarding grades. With challenging classes that students struggle with, art based programs offer a moment of relief in a student’s day. In the acclaimed article Students in music programs have better attendance records and prove to be more active in community affairs (“Benefts…” 2).Having the...