Why is Music Education Important in Schools?
Several studies done over the years by educationists and neurophysiologists have shown that music has a big influence on the cognitive and psychophysical development of humans—especially children.
It is believed that when children are exposed to music, especially when they are toddlers or even before they are born, it has a deep impact on their cerebral cortex region. It creates neuron pathways in the brain making them understand the world and language in a faster and easier.
Imagine if just listening to music has such a deep impact, how much impact will be playing musical instruments have on a student? There are several benefits that a student can get when they learn music at school.
Music is an extremely critical subject at schools as it leads to better brain development, increases human connection, improves grades, helps to socialise, and even lowers stress levels.
Benefits of Music Education In Schools
- Breaks Monotony
Music classes are a great way to break class monotony. It helps students to unwind and get a break from their classes.
- Fastens Language Development
School music classes help improve and spur language development because music is closely related to our everyday speech and conversation. The part of the brain that supports language and learning also supports music, so one can make a connection as to why music, learning, and languages are closely aligned. Music also helps students to develop good reading skills.
Students are just like us. They can get stressed due to many factors like competition among students to stay top in the class, fluctuating grades or preparations for exams. This can be both emotionally and physically draining. Music classes at schools can help them reduce stress and depression, thus preventing physical health issues. Music classes in schools help students relax by synchronising with the beats and this way they are able to concentrate on subjects.
It’s said that music and mathematics go hand in hand. Music education helps to develop cognitive abilities and students that are good in music are good at solving mathematical problems like algebra and geometry. Researchers believe that the part of the brain that stimulates music is also responsible for problem-solving and working on solutions.
- Promotes Creative Thinking
All top musical bands in the world have one thing in common: they all met in schools or universities, found they had common interests and formed musical acts. That’s the power of music. It promotes creative thinking among students.it’s interesting and uplifting for students. not only does it help them become innovative but it also helps them innovate in the science and technology field. They are also able to find solutions to everyday problems—both personally and professionally.
We all have that one favourite song that we remember and there are certain songs or tunes that linger in heads for a very long time and we often remember the situation associated with the song. This shows how powerful is music is enhancing our memory. Music is very crucial as it helps in enhancing information retention. Music helps students in improving their memory and retain knowledge.
- Team Work
When students learn music in schools, they are required to work in groups— either with other students or teachers. This is an effective way to learn social relations and teaches them teamwork. Students that work in a team or as part of a band work together— both during practice as well as performance. The life lessons learned here are teamwork and coordination.
Musc classes in schools are an effective way to learn leadership qualities. Imagine a student who has been asked to sing as the lead singer or lead the team of students musician learns leadership skills. They gain confidence or leading a team or coordinating with people.
Music makes for a wonderful career choice today. Take a look around all top musicians or musical acts and you will know they all started young. There are many instances of people having picked up their first music lessons in schools and have moved on from there. So, yes, learning music in schools really does wonder for making a career in music.
Music Activities for Kids
Drumming is one of the best music activities for kids and can be performed by children as young as 4 years old. It helps to develop their gross motor skills, increase concentration, help with self-expression and teach them about rhythm.
Another popular music activity for kids, which enhances the ability to follow rhythm, movement and coordination. It also helps create self-expression through creative movements and activities.
Singing is a great way for children to learn how to express themselves creatively. Performances help them gain confidence and they can also teach them about tone, pitch and rhythm
4. Playing an instrument
Learning to play a musical instrument can help children develop their coordination, concentration and listening skills. It is also an excellent way to express themselves creatively.
It’s important to know that music both inexpensive and fun. It also has mental and therapeutic benefits for students. It’s because of these attributes that makes appeaing to students as well as parents. The more we talk about music, the more benefits we learn.
It’s without a doubt to say that music has been integral to communities and civilisations from time immemorial. All praises, whether to god or to nature or even to humanity, have been musically written which shows how much importance has been ascribed to music.
At Orchids The International School, we give as much importance to music as we give to academics. That’s because we believe music has the power to change our students into good human beings and change the world.
Every branch of Orchids The International School is equipped with a full-fledged music room complete with all latest musical equipment to help our students become musically active.