Music Education and its impact on Student Learning

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Music Education and its impact on Student Learning

Music education not only impacts student’s learning capabilities but also affects in a positive way their daily life by giving them a way to express their feelings, display their knowledge and build their self-motivation and personal skills required for success. It connects learning experiences to the real world of work through time management, discipline, improving their focus when performing everyday tasks and providing opportunities to solve problems that require a higher level of thinking.

Music education has the ability to reach students who cannot be otherwise reached, for example, (economically disadvantaged, talented at performing arts etc.) and build communities by providing opportunities for collaboration. Studying the art of music has multiple benefits for children, that any music educator or parent can observe. They will see a feeling of accomplishment and self-esteem, responsibility, self-confidence, social development and enjoyment through an active rather than passive involvement.

Studies conducted to support all these affirmations have shown that high school music students have higher grade point averages than non-music students in the same school. Stanford University’s Former Dean of Admissions, Fred Hargadon was also aware of the importance of music education as he stated in an interview: “We look for students who have taken part in orchestra, symphonic band, chorus and drama. It shows a level of energy and an ability to organize time that we are after here. It shows that they can carry a full academic load and learn something else. It means that these particular students already know how to get involved and that’s the kind of campus we want to have.”

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