Is Music Education Important?
Does music play a role in one’s academic achievement? Why do students have to study music? What is its importance and how can one apply music in his daily life in preparation for the future? Those would probably be some of the questions people have in mind when talking about music education.
“Nina Kraus, the Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology & Physiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University as well as the principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, found that playing music also affects the brain.” (AAAS, How Engaging With Art Affects the Human Brain, Kat Zambon, 13 November 2013)
Several researchers conducted in depth studies on how music plays a role in student’s academic success. Here are some reasons music is an important part of education.
It develops creativity and interest.
Music class is both a privilege and a need. This minor subject is like a great escape for students after studying on more complex subjects like Mathematics. Music classes offer students the time to be creative, to think differently and imaginatively, and to develop interest in arts.
Music is a form of art. Exposure to music during childhood helps children develop their artistic sense. Moreover, it improves cognitive skills by developing pattern recognition through tunes and music notes.
It helps improve memory.
You may notice children singing a song they have heard only for a few times. You might also find yourself recognizing a tune from the radio and remembering the lyrics of the song through the tune you have heard. This suggests how music imprints information to the brain. Music is important especially in early childhood days as this is the period when children start to develop their memory. Music stimulates brain structures which help in retaining memory.
It contributes to language development.
Music expands vocabulary by recognizing song lyrics. According to a study conducted in 2013, musical training may possibly hone the brain’s response and perception to language.
It drives confidence.
Students are encouraged to play instruments in music classes and perform in school recitals. Children who develop skills in music tend to be more confident in showing their talent to other people. This confidence extremely contributes to a child’s academic performance in other subjects.