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Friday, December 14, 2018

Music education in schools: a sharp tool for students | Lifestyles - Cabrini College Loquitur

With constant budget cuts being established for schools, music programs are suffering. The Huffington Post found that there is a lack of music education programs due to the loss of funding.

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This causes students to be less engaged and attracted to their schools’ music programs. Little do people know, music in schools and education of music has many benefits for students both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Some benefits to exposing students to music education would include helping students to develop their languages.
 
“While children come into the world ready to decode sounds and words, music education helps enhance those natural abilities,” Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants, said. It has been proven to show that “growing up in a musically rich environment is often advantageous for children’s language development.”...

According to the National Association of Music Education, studies have shown that, “even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform.” This can lead to students improving their skills for both inside and outside of schools. Music education allows students to grasp more skills that they continue to use and even help to make students more engaged in school...

“Playing an instrument (more so than just listening to music) is a workout for our brains.” According to Instruments of Joy, “it builds academic achievement by strengthening the areas of cognitive performance.” When students realize they have done something that can be considered challenging, such as learning an instrument or learning how to read music, it gives them a sense of accomplishment and enhances their desire to accomplish more.
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Source: Cabrini College Loquitur