The Importance of Music in Schools

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This article stresses that while music education can provide a great deal of benefits to the developing child as they make their way from kindergarten through high school, there are still some concerns as to how to make this education benefit all children. While music education of any kind has been amply proven in the literature to have significant beneficial effects upon brain development in the form of creating additional neural pathways and increasing efficiency of operation, the ways in which it does this are still not understood or fully explained to the satisfaction of all. Although several studies have indicated that children who participate in music education generally have better academic scores in a variety of fields than those students who did not benefit from any kind of music education, this, too, has not been sufficiently linked to previous music experience, or the effects of said experience, to satisfy everyone to the extent that issues such as disrupted classes and reduced core classroom time are justified.
This paper makes a conclusion that while students have been observed to respond favorably to music education in terms of developing their own personal set of values and positive behaviors, even to the extent that disruptive behavior has been seen to decrease among this student population, there are also significant concerns regarding the actual effects this sort of education might have on minority groups. This is due to the inequalities of musical representation presented in these classes as well as the lack of studies conducted on the need of more well-rounded music education to be introduced.