7 Important Benefits of Music in our schools-Nafmc

The National Association for Music Education has put an article out about the importance to teaching music.  It it titled "20 Important Benefits of Music in our Schools".  Here is the top 7.

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1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning.  The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on your minds. At Saint James, we begin singing in the Primary 2 class.  The students sing folksongs, nursery rhymes, Bible songs, and Christmas pieces.

2.  A mastery of memorization.  Even when performing with sheet music, students musicians are constantly using their memory to perform.  The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.  Our Candlelight performance this year (2017) includes 10 memorized anthems.

3. Students learn to improve their work.  Learning music promotes craftsmanship and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work.  This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.  Students practice weeks in advance for all their performances.  This encourages constant improvement.  Our students put on a Spring musical that enables them to create character and movement.

4.  Increased coordination. Students who practice musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination.  Children can develop motor skills when playing music.  At Saint James, our students play recorders, keyboards, drums, ukuleles, bells, and numerous other percussion instruments.

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5.  A sense of achievement.  Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Our students perform instruments at Chapel, Grandparent's day, and Spring Musical.

6.  Kids stay engaged in school.  An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school.  Students musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.  Our students practice many instruments which gives our class a hands-on approach to music.

7.  Success in society. Music is the fabric of our society and music can shape abilities and character.  Music education can greatly contribute to children's intellectual development. Our drum circles incorporate team work with question and answer rhythms. They are complimentary rhythms. So, each independent rhythm, when played together, creates an ensemble.

National Association for Music Education article July 21, 2014

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Melanie Tipton