10 Music Benefits

Top ten ways kids benefit from music guaranteed!
So why cut music from school? The truth is shocking!

TOP TEN LIST

1. Music Boost Self-Esteem and Confidence...

Music as education allows students to try something new and develop confidence as they master singing or playing an instrument. 

2. Music Develops Listening Skills...

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Studies show especially in populations of children considered to be at-risk, that music lessons are an aid to greater language and reading skill development.

3. The Connection Between Music and Math...

It's about time signatures, beats per minute, and formulaic progressions. Performing music, therefore, reinforces parts of the brain used when doing math. Studies even show that children who play instruments are able to complete complex mathematical problems better than peers who do not play instruments.

4. Music Makes The Brain Work Harder...

Music provides a total brain workout. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.

5. Music Relieves Stress...

Music has a profound effect on both emotions and the body. Fast music makes you feel alert and helps with concentration. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive. Slower tempos quiet the mind, relaxes muscles, and are soothed while releasing stress. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management.

6. Music and Creativity ...

There are a lot of ways to be creative. Some ways are more convenient and applicable than others. Studies have shown there's nothing much more reliable than music. Thanks to its structure and order, music allows you to concentrate on the tasks at hand. As a result, your brain can achieve a much more open state which allows more ideas to enter that help you become more creative through one's self's imagination.

7. Music Helps Children With Learning Disabilities ...

Children with learning disabilities that learn to play a musical instrument or sing, help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills by improving the way their nervous systems process sounds. Musical ensemble experiences help children to listen closely and work together in groups.

8. Music Develops Language skills ...

According to PBS, studies show that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to process language, and can wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.” Learning a musical instrument improves how the brain understands human language, which can help students learn a second language.

9. Music Improved Children's Test Scores...

Studies have shown that students who are involved with a high-quality music education program in school perform better on tests than students who don’t engage in music. Elementary school students with superior music education programs scored higher in English, math and standardized testing, compared to schools with low-quality music programs.”

10. Higher graduation rate ...

Schools with above-average music education programs have a much higher graduation rate than schools without music education.

There Are Many Ways Children Benefit From Schools Education With Music. So Why Do Schools Continue To Cut Music Education 

All school boards consist of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work even though the position requires them to dedicate many hours of their time. Most school board members are elected by the people in their community to represent their values, views, and desires in their district. While many students' parents may believe that board members don't think music for education isn’t as important as other core academics.

The good news is music education has been named a 'Core Academic Subject' in U.S. Education Act Proposal. July 17, 2015, taken from the No Child Left Behind Act. So what could be the reason for school boards across the USA still cutting music education? Interesting what we discovered - Elementary Music Statistics 2022: Data And Trends

Sadly enough for years, music education classes have been the ugly ducklings of schools' curricula, the last courses to be added and the first to be cut. Music has always taken second place in traditional academic classes. Regardless of how music as education has been proved to be extremely beneficial time and time again, from the undeniable improvement in grades regarding traditional academic classes and remarks from music students everywhere. In an ever-changing world, unfortunately, for most of us, we felt we had little if any influence on the decision, so there has been that general feeling of powerlessness, which ultimately couldn't be denied.

It is time to start thinking about change and not leave no child behind, our future the creative young people in our country's school districts, and turn to the arts as the core curriculum. America can't afford not to, without creative minds math, english, social studies, and history classes are pointless. Music education has been proven to provide so many academic, social, and personal benefits cutting music from the curriculum is wrong and denies many students a vital resource that would benefit them at every stage of their lives and not just in the classroom.

Don't Blame The Board For Music Education Cut 

Schools Are Not Innovative - the value systems in schools are outdated, the fact that we are living in the fast-paced 21st century, and schools stuck teaching 19th-century music remains operational despite the fact that it has become outdated and irrelevant. Superintendents and school boards cut music programs because of weak programs, along with a lack of support from parents, which makes music an easy target, especially when budgets are tight.

Value Systems Outdated - Administrators admit music is important, but many don't actually believe that the school curriculum would be lacking if music was excluded. Those leading education reforms are inadequately armed. Most children are highly talented and creative who think they’re not because the thing they are good at school doesn’t value. We can’t afford to go this way, and it is time we insist our school leaders and legislators stop throwing around words like “innovative” and “creative” and instead begin to model that behavior themselves; through creative scheduling and divorce from standardizing our kids in order to measure their growth. 

Underperformed  Music Programs -  Math, English, and other subjects are never cut, it doesn’t matter if teachers are effective. The arts face the challenge of proving and justifying their actions. A bad music program is worse than none, there's nothing worse than a poor musical experience. The effects of a failed music program are easy to spot; students quit.  Keeping a music program alive and well requires a great teacher, one that builds a community around the program, thereby making it very difficult to cut.

Short-Sighted Approach to Budget Constraints - Music classes tend to have higher student-teacher ratios, and cutting them will trigger the need for elective classes with low student-teacher ratios that will be more costly. In other words, while cutting music programs may be seen as a quick fix for budget issues, it actually has negative financial implications. Cutting a music teacher results in more teachers needing to be hired later to provide elective classes with low student-teacher ratios.  The cuts end up being myopic and bringing back the music program once its cut is rare and difficult to do.

Making Music Matter For Kids - Doing It All In All-New Ways!

Through these difficult times, we have achieved more with our initiatives than ever before. With many new exciting projects underway to help improve the lives of others. We are very proud of the progress we continue to make. Learn more about the online community, volunteer opportunities, whom we help, and how we work every day to promote positive change.

We believe that music as education is important for all kids. It's rare when schools across the country cut marching band, although there are many students who have little to no interest in signing up for afterschool marching band or chorus. Theirs many kids inspired by today's modern and classic rock, and many of them are extremely talented children that could totally inspire the school board's decision whether or not to cut a program that could not only have probably more than half the school's interest but actually bring in extra revenue. These children understand more than ever what the rich history of Rock and Roll but the nature of where it came from.

While there may be a 50,60-year age gap or more bands like the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Metallica, AC/DC, U2, Ozzy Osborn, Queen, and Led Zeppelin and legends like Freddie Mercury, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards. The list goes on and on, with so many of these artists still alive and performing that are able to reclaim much of rock and rolls history. Piecing music history back to icons like Elvis Presley the king of rock, inspired by the Memphis radio, shows hosted by such local disc jockey B.B. King and Rufus Thomas, both of whom also sang live during their broadcasts.

Along with Micheal Jackson, known as the king of pop and one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century, but yet schools across the country are teaching 18th-century music curriculum marching band for high school football games. Funny how during NFL games you will hear the intro to Ozzy's Crazy Tran and crowds stomping the bleachers and clapping to Queens we will rock you.

MMMFK - Electric Music City "inspired by Nashville's Music City" We are developing an interactive online community of advocate supporters across the USA Revolutionizing Music Education. Thanks to Google's generous support we are able to reach hundreds of volunteers, music teachers, parents, school officials, musicians, and community leaders to help us advance in the support to highlight outstanding efforts in music education for kids. Making Music Matter For Kids is using the same key strategies and essential elements that have been used by many thriving music cities large and small across the country.

Electric Music City Studio, live will be streaming across the USA Keeping us all together, working to foster lasting improvement & empower passionate young people by emphasizing music's amazing benefits and a strong focus on supporting their talents. We must not outsource creativity, we must make sure that all children have access to the arts and music education based on passion, not income. 

The country can’t afford to go on this way much longer. The country needs young people with constructive imaginations and it is time we insist that school leaders and legislators stop throwing around words like “innovative” and “creative” and instead begin to model that behavior themselves; through creative scheduling and divorce from standardizing our kids in order to measure their growth. The truth is that a child's only disadvantage is that the system has failed, it's time for change and we hope you join us.

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