Children Need Music In School

By Natasha Arnold

I believe that all children have musical potential. This potential needs to be recognized and nurtured. Many people seem to think that music is an "extra" class and is not needed in the school curriculum. That is why, due to budget cuts or other reasons, music is always cut first. This situation will not change unless people come to realize the value of music.

According to olgaswriting.com "Music affects each one of the ten basic functions of human beings – intellectual, moral, spiritual, social, economic, political, physical, domestic, aesthetic, and recreational."  Music is a necessary part of the school curriculum because it contributes to human development in so many important ways.

Developing musical talents improves the sensory and motor skills of children. While practicing music, repeated mental activity and coordination of mind and body are required. This encourages a child’s physical and mental well being. Involving children with music creates self-satisfaction and good self-esteem.

Even if children aren’t "coordinated" enough to play a musical instrument, most are born with their own. This instrument is called a voice. Many studies have shown that singing improves speech, reading, and the use of language. Music helps develop an orderly thought process, which helps with good language. Rhythmic patterns and dynamics help express the meaning of the words. Because of this, vocabulary can be increased.

Rhythm is everywhere you look. Bodily organs work in a rhythmic pattern, such as your heart and lungs. Just as the sun and moon rise and set. They all work in a precise pattern like music. Children can better understand their own body and the rhythms of the universe by being exposed to music on a regular basis.

Reading music can improve vision. It can also increase reading speed because the eye is forced to move ahead to follow the music. With practice in reading music, the speed of reading words increases.

Singing or playing an instrument, with others, is an excellent way to relieve tension or to "let off steam." It creates social acceptance. Music can be part of a game children learn and play. By learning music together, children take big steps socially and learn to work together.

Some students will not pursue a career in music. Others may choose one of the man productive careers available in the field. Most of these careers require many years of practice. Children must be introduced early to music. If this does not happen in elementary schools, several talented students will find it too late to start preparation for a music career.

Children should not be denied the study of music in their schools. Whether the reason is budget cuts or anything else. Music is a valuable resource that should be available for the benefit of children.

I found some information at these web sites:

*www.menc.org/publication/books/prek12st.html

*www.olgaswritings.com/music.htm

*www.pionet.net/~hub7

*www.saschooldirectory.co.za/html/Newsletters/whychildren

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