Is Music Education in Schools Important?

My daughter (alongside her school year group) took part in a music concert recently. It was led by the schools very very wonderful music teacher. Wow if we could bottle her up and share her in every school the world would be a better place.

In recent years (due to a lack of funding) music lessons have drastically reduced across schools in England. Many schools don’t have music lessons at all anymore, and even if they do, they aren’t led by an experienced music teacher.

I know some schools have taken it off the curriculum to make room for other subjects. My daughter (Olivia) is very lucky to attend a school that values music education and sees the importance in it.

Choosing an instrument

Olivia started learning to play the piano back in September and I’ve seen how it’s helped her in so many ways. The practice and commitment has definitely taught her discipline, but has also helped her to relax. When she’s playing the piano she’s just in the moment, lost in a world of beautiful sounds (most of the time, ha!). I think it offers an escape from an often busy world. Watching her play today in front of her peers and parents, I saw her overcome so much fear to play with such courage and commitment.

I know not everyone can afford to pay for music lessons (I can’t either, I asked her Dad to pay), that’s why it’s so important that schools offer musical opportunities and education.

I was shocked to learn today that every single child in Olivia’s school is taught to play the violin. Every single child. What an opportunity. They all got up and performed for us today.

Watching the concert I saw that music is so much more than just learning to play an instrument.

Seeing the children come together as a group, the social interaction, cooperation, communication, support and courage they all showed was just the start.

It’s scientifically proven music helps academic results.

“Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a non-musician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain,” says Dr. Eric Rasmussen. The Benefits of Music Education. PBS KIDS for Parents

Big thank you to my daughter’s school for ensuring they can experience these fantastic music lessons and a creative curriculum. We need to see more arts education in schools. Our children can only benefit.

We need a government that puts the funds in place to allow this.

What do you think? Is music important in schools, let us know in the comments section below.

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