If you’ve read any of the thousands of studies on the academic, physical, and emotional benefits of learning a musical instrument, perhaps you’re wondering too. Why is music education at the bottom, not the top, of the academic pile? Thousands of studies can’t all be wrong, can they? And shouldn’t we believe our own experiences and observations that people who are actively studying and playing music are generally better learners plus happier and more alive?
Some would say that playing music is just ... playing. Others contend that this mentality is not just erroneous, it's dangerous and has resulted in an inferior national educational system that's losing ground to other countries. It's become obvious that we Americans have very different opinions and points of view. But what if we just ease up and allow that?Take music, for example. What if we push past the status quo thinking that music lessons are a frill and take it head on -- knowing that so many of us are happier when we're actively involved in music?Says who? Thousands of studies … and our own experiences and observations.Let’s recap a few of the benefits, just to drive home the point. Then we can spend just a minute considering why music doesn’t have its rightful place at the top, not the bottom, of the pile.
You can read about the benefits elsewhere on our site (and get other points from other studies around the Net), but here’s a sampling from DoSomething.org:
We could fill a book with just links to the other thousands of studies about the benefits of music, and if you haven’t read our page and other posts, we hope you will. But just for a sec now, might we wonder what’s keeping music down?
The U.S. government funds and sets the benchmarks for U.S. public education, and although there are some private schools that offer music it’s often secondary or after school.So perhaps it’s time – as we said earlier – that we citizens begin to think more independently. We can advocate for music education in our schools, and also be glad that "soft skills" are gaining prominence -- we can also skip the wait and get our children started in lessons right now. Oh, and by the way, fostering the ability to think independently is one of the benefits of music lessons.
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