The Importance of a Music Education

Learning music enhances the development of the mind in that it promotes strong cognitive skills, logical thought patterns, discipline and creativity. A music education causes a student to meet challenges whether it’s mastering an instrument, singing, reading or writing music. Based on how the student approaches the challenge determines the outcome of it. For instance, the student must examine the challenge in order to determine how to persevere successfully. This raises the conscious awareness of the student and puts the student in a position to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle thus strengthening cognitive skills.

Once the challenge has been analyzed, the student must rationalize as to how to solve the problem or overcome the obstacle, which encourages logical thought patterns. Once this is done, a consistent course of study or regular practice patterns must take place in order to master the challenge, which gives the student solid discipline skills. After the challenge is mastered, the student is equipped to repeat the process for the next musical challenge.

If the student continues to study music, then other areas of music such as history should be studied. Eventually, this will help uncover the inner musical expression that may lie dormant within the student if it is not explored. This brings forth the student’s creative ability. Now, if a sound music education opens the door to endless paths of learning, skill development and pleasure, then why isn’t every child in America reaping the benefits that music provides and how can we «right this wrong?»

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