Sheet music, courtesy Berea College

The Importance of Raising Students in Music

Sheet music, courtesy Berea College

Music education in schools is vital for where music will be taken in years to come. 

Music education needs to be pushed in as many schools as possible to bring to light the joy and creativity of music. Music provides a variety of opportunities for students who choose to participate in concert band, symphonic band, choir, or even general music classes. It brings about the chances to meet new people from around the world, travel across the world, and explore the styles of music that exist today. For most young students including myself, the thought of traveling the world is captivating. Through my musical experiences, I have traveled to Canada, St. Louis, Michigan, Arizona, and many more. Along the way, I have been inspired by so many different people and have been amazed at the sights I have seen. Looking back, I realize that none of this would have been possible if there was no music program at my high school. Already low-funded and thrown under the bus, it is amazing what the program has been able to do to get us students to experience the utter joys of music.

No matter what level of school you are at, it gets boring. Music is fun. Inserting a music class into a student’s schedule makes the day much more exhilarating. The usual mundane schedule of math, literature, science, English, and social studies quickly gets old. Music induces creativity and makes students more willing to learn. Creativity is what drives the want to invent new things and make new discoveries. It also brings about a willingness to try something different. It conducts (no pun intended) emotions, feelings, and opportunities not experienced through other hobbies. It breaks seemingly unbreakable boundaries between completely different people. Music works wonders. 

Music is everywhere. If you go to your favorite restaurant, you will hear music. If you walk down State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, you will hear music. Being educated on music makes you appreciate the music being played at your favorite restaurant or on State Street. Most humans realize that music is playing and pay no attention to it. Having music education, you not only listen to the music, but you scrutinize what makes up that bit of music. You pick out the chords, melody, drums, and guitar and try to think of what makes the song so catchy. Along with this comes the guess of how many hours it took the artist to produce that song. Music education brings about a whole new level of appreciation for what artists have to go through and do to get their song produced and distributed to the public.

Over my spring break, I had the privilege of being a part of Band Fest in Tacoma, Washington. Band Fest, simply put, is this: high school bands across the United States send their best instrumentalists to a designated high school. There the instrumentalists practice and play the pieces chosen by the clinician, a fancy word for the director. The clinician works with the band over the course of two or three days. On the final day, the students gather at the high school for a concert to show off their work.
It is quite an experience getting together with a large group of people who share the same appreciation for music as you do. The music I played and listened to, the other students I met, and the sights I saw along the way made this trip one I will not forget.

As I was on the trip, I did a lot of thinking. I thought about music and how it has positively affected my life and the lives of the students that I attended Band Fest from various high schools in the United States. However, music does not come to a halt inside of the United States. It stretches from country to country, state to state, changing lives day by day. Music positively affects the lives of millions across the world. 

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