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What Good Are Music Programs in Schools?
Every day, we hear of music programs being shut down in schools because there is not enough money in the budget. Often, the reason music programs are shut down before other programs is a lack of knowledge about the benefits a music program can bring to students and their families. Hopefully, people will begin to realize that these programs are not just a waste of money, they are vital programs for students and can give them benefits that will last their entire lives.
One of the biggest benefits of participating in a music program is having the opportunity for self-expression, creativity, and achievement. If a student practices their instrument regularly and has parental support, it is quite possible to do very well in the group. It will also help with problem-solving and teamwork. One of the most difficult things to learn is to listen to those around you. This is a vital skill that can be used in other aspects of life, not just music.
The students will also learn about setting goals and workings towards them. They will build their self-confidence and esteem. Their sense of concentration and poise will also be enhanced. All of these skills are vital to every day life and a success in the job market.
There are also benefits for the rest of the family when their child is participating in a school music program. It offers opportunities for shared family experiences which can include musical event attendance and even family music-making at home. If there are other in your extended family who also play musical instruments, there is the added opportunities for making music with them. And, when a student plays well, the entire family can share in their sense of accomplishment and pride in their achievements.
Music programs are not the only ways to acquire these skills. A student needs a well rounded education to be successful in life and have a fulfilling experience. However, music, and also art, programs are being cut from schools at an alarming rate. Not every student desires to participate in sports. But, this seems to be where most of the money is going. This is disturbing and regrettable for those who might benefit from a music or art program. Hopefully, school boards will realize the benefits that can be obtained from these programs and find ways to get the money to keep them in the curriculum.