Is The Music Education A Luxury Nowadays ?

Is The Music Education A Luxury Nowadays ?

 

We all know that music is a very important topic all over the world. There is literally no country or culture which does not have it. All of us are engaging with music, and we should be able to understand it’s frequencies and how they amazing are.

In fact, is demonstrated that music can enrich our creativity as children, and also help us perform better, as adults. There are a lot of doctors, researchers, writers, composers, musicians, educators & professors, programmers etc. which are listening to music while doing their job, to increase their productivity and focus with at least 10 to 30%.

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There are 4 Major Activities You Can Do Right Now For Developing Your Creativity:

  • Visualizing
  • Brainstorming and Journaling
  • Drawing & Listening to Music
  • Learning A New Skill (such as playing a new instrument)

 

In today’s topic, we will figure out if the music education should be prohibited, should be teached in schools, or just in those privileged.

Governments most of the time act in their own interest, and are not that inclined to support music education, or reform this part of the curriculum, for kids.

There are 2 national reviews in this regard, of music education in schools, which are dating from 2005 and 2013, where you can find out more :
http://www.curriculum.edu.au/leader/school_music_review_report,12505.html?issueID=9802

https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/file_uploads/Music_Education_Final_041113_FJWsJhBy.pdf

 

 

What is a shame, is the fact that the majority of independent organisations are all neglected, regarding their efforts to improve the music education strategy, to ensure that all students can experience a quality school music program.

 

 

In most states, what happens is that there is a cut of music education program, because of “lack of funds”, they said. In this case, the conclusion will be that music education is a “luxury”, and should be teached by private institutions.

A lot of those institutions are teaching music because is a cool & unique way to reach the harts of many, also their mind, soul and spirit. This is especially true in case of childs, cuz of stimulating their imagination & creativity in special ways. A music reach environment experience helps kids in their growth. Music learning supports all learning.

The differences between public & private schools, in both urban & rural centres are huge.

What is really frustrating, not only in US, but also in Australia and in some regions even in Europe, is that the number of schools with no music education, or even no instruments available, continues to increase.

 

Studies show that there is also an increase in the IQs of those kids who not only listen music, but also sing, or take piano / guittar lessons (or on any other instruments) and are actually creating.

A lot of research & studies supports the idea that indicates the brain of a musician, works in different ways, that of a non-musician. The neural activity growth is higher in those involved with music, cuz they are using more parts of their brain in the same time (eyes, ears, fingers, legs – in case of drums for example).

There is also a link between spatial intelligence & music, which shows us that children can solve math problems even faster, thanks to music. But is not only that, but also solving multi-step problems in areas such as:
-engineering
– math
– art
– gaming
– arhitecture
– IT – Computers (hardware / software)

Regardless socio-economic discrepancies among schools, is demonstrated that the ones with superior music education programs score much better, than the ones with low-quality or non-existing music education.

 

The way you can help, regarding the musical instruments part, is to donate your unused musical instruments to the right centres, or donate some money to help those organisation to acquire new ones.

There are a lot of studies, including this one below, which are showing the main benefits of music learning. Music simply helps us improve our cognitive functions, our capacity to work more efficiently and also in a more creative way as well.
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0001679

Find out here more resources on the topic:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/55819b54e4b063452beb22e4/t/5bce4ada53450aaa304c84ed/1540246234815/The+Benefits+of+Music+Education.pdf

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0088665

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/the-athletes-way/201906/music-participation-is-linked-teens-academic-achievement?fbclid=IwAR22uqj18l_31V3x_3xFiq_O3e7DXI16JDd_FpgYnamxfolvv_djo_3BMJ8

 

The most interesting study about this topic is in children between 7-12 years old, with much better grades / scores in areas like science, math (and other areas where meaning, making, critical thinking, problem solving, reading & writing plays an important role), thanks to their participation in music-related activities.

Thinking and cognition are very much improved thanks of the music, as a lot of feedback, tests and assessments show. The motivation to learn is increased as well, thanks to the music.

 

Similar to programming, is better to promote in those music education classes the possibility of showing students to “learn how to learn”. Getting those reflective and reflexive skills is very important, cuz it will impact their behaviour and auto-evaluating their learning, in order to get much better in life, in what they do.

Students which studied music, will become better in interpersonal skills, and also will develop a much better emotional intelligence, study shows.

The important of music is there, and it should not be treated as a “luxury” topic, cuz they will impact how people express as they mature.

Music Education plays an important role in developing a lot of intrinsic skills in people, and the neurological benefits are shown in a lot of study materials.

General education can be enhanced with music education program, cuz will provide a better experience, and more quality education system.

The Best example we can give here is the Finland, as a country, where music learning programs starts in kindergarten, as early as possible. In the primary school, Finland has an average of 270 hours of music education, in Korea 160 hours, while in other places, like Autralia / US / Europe, there are only 28 hours included, which is sad.

What most of educators & professors are seeing right now is how the governments in general are considering arts and music in general as a “luxury”, only for those which are financially able to pursue, letting other “normal” students without the possibility of getting a proper music education, that could helped them a lot in their lives.

Most professors are starting in fact to equip themselves with compelling research & studies, in order to educate the students, parents, school councils, principals, local, state and federal governments regarding the importance of music education, which indeed needs some funding & support, cuz of it’s importance it has in life.

The growth and development of many kids is in the hands of some politicians, which view music education as a luxury, with normal music education being not well integrated in the already normal / state schools.

Most of the parents are aware of this thing, starting to elaborate their own research, and begin bringing people together in communities, to start changing things for the better.

A lot of music teachers are trying to support schools, with music programs that are cost effective, but most of the time, is very difficult in persuading principals of schools with no music programs, to even start their first one.

 

The most authentic experiences we can have in school, which are very practical, is by starting to learn a musical instrument, that nourish the emotional expression of human being. A holistic education covers more aspects, but of course music plays a very important part in this puzzle.

We find out that the genres of music with which students have the most emphasis most of the time is jazz and blues genre.

Starting to study your own genres at home is crucial, and also discovering many famous composers by yourself will be good. If you have a chorus at school that is performing, support that, or join it, cuz the more, the better.

The correlation between learning music & meta cognition is supported by many professionals in this field, and is an illuminating subject, worth pursuing. Simply put, being able to connect with the world around is much easier with music 😉

Students, which are seen as the workforce of the future, really deserve a better life, and the government inaction in music education shall end right here.

You can find below more studies & research around this topic here:
https://www.aitsl.edu.au/tools-resources/resource/formative-assessment-in-the-classroom-illustration-of-practice

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/citedby/10.1086/681947

Metacognition

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10864-012-9156-y

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/conversational-intelligence/201907/creative-cognition?fbclid=IwAR2fswY4GNdU6RMkuwqZAoRSO4pkwRe89NHbYsM7TPVhHz3ZPjR90IsHhjI

Don’t Stop the Music: a new and wonderful series from the ABC

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1871187117300998

https://www.smh.com.au/education/music-holds-key-to-providing-a-quality-education-system-20130811-2rpym.html

 

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