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Philosophy of Music Education

            Music should be studied because of the expressive medium it presents to kids.  Through the performance of music, children can learn to express their emotions in a positive way.  Likewise, teaching kids to appreciate the music that they hear allows them to experience new things.  By fostering open-mindedness in the classroom, kids can become more appreciative of new things and are enabled to make educated decisions on the type of music and art they choose to enjoy, while maintaining a respect for others.  Also, an early education in music obviously helps introduce students to the music profession.  How else will musicians first experience their future, if not through a school music program?

     Not only should music be studied for itís own sake, it also has many beneficial extra musical consequences.  Children can learn diligence and perseverance through learning an instrument (or voice.)  The skills needed to succeed in music also develop muscle control and listening skills.  What is more, children develop analytical skills through interpretive listening and music theory exercises.  Socially, the young musicians learn to work in groups toward a common goal (i.e. the performance) and they experience the satisfaction that comes with being part of a group that succeeds together.  The students gain self-confidence through this ability to succeed through hard work.

     Music should be a part of every childís school education.  Each school should offer choral and instrumental class lessons at the elementary level, culminating to choir, band and orchestra at junior high and high school levels.  Although the object of these groups is the musical education itself, these groups should perform and compete to experience the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from hard work.  Parents should not be left out of this process; instead they should be included in the support of each student and the whole group at performances and at home.