Adding Music Education with the Basic Curriculum

Music Education in Public SchoolsWhen we look at art and music programs that are added to a curriculum we put them aside to focus on the basics: math, writing and reading.  Sometimes we forget the importance of adding the critical pieces like music to an education.  When we add music to a developing child’s future, it can improve brain function all the way up to adulthood.  It is good for a developing brain to listen to more complex sounds.  This leads to the way children process the knowledge that they receive in other areas like math.  Also having a good music education increases creativity in other areas and problem solving improves.

The Many Different Types of Music Education and Your Child

It is important to have your child listen and learn to play music on a regular basis.  Even if you child wants to sing instead of learning a musical instrument, this can lead to huge improvements in their life.  Also musical games or performances will help from a young age to develop a child’s skills.

Having music in schools also helps a children develop in social interactions and using more of the robust neural processing.  Motor skills improve with even basics things like clapping your hands and dancing.  Children in groups can learn dancing or playing on basic instruments.  You can see that technology has helped children getting more music with devices like the ipods and tablets.  Even when looking at therapy, music helps develop breathing and coordination.  Researches have proven over and over the benefits of a quality music program in elementary schools and can’t speak enough about the importance of it.

It is best to help give children everything possible to have a bright future.  Some say that music is a universal language and can be understood by all without knowing a specific language.  Reading sheet music helps children in math because they are using fractions when it comes to notes.  Playing all the different notes as well refer to symbols that the child is learning.  Also, when considering words in songs you can relate this to language arts.

Keeping Music Education in Schools for our Children

When comparing children with a music education to children that don’t, you can see the difference in test scores.  Not only just in school, children seem to be able to make better decisions in life.  It doesn’t stop in elementary school thought, continuing music education through high school is important as well.  Once children grow up and leave the home they will be better prepared for the real world.

We need to realize that continuing music education in schools is a huge detriment to our youth and their development.  If you have a child that is in a music program, you have probably seen the difference in their performance and high grades compared to others without this luxury.  If you have a child in school, please make sure our music programs continue and our children to get all the tools they need.  Please check out our previous article on helping your child develop with music.

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Music Education for Parents to Help Children

Music Education and Your ChildThe skill of being a parent is built into each and every one of us through instinct.  One of the skills we need to improve upon is becoming a better parent.  This may look different to each person, but can be developed like a form of art and needs to be looked at in today’s culture.  If you child has a passion for music then it should be spotted and developed.  Helping your child get the music education they need is important and should not be overlooked.  Encouragement will help you child focus more on their passion for music.

When we were children (unless you are still a child) we developed parenting skills from assimilating what we learned from our parent’s habits.  This can sometimes be to our detriment and all comes down to the influences we had.  When we grow up and have children, we follow the same patterns and that we were taught.  We mold our children almost unconsciously.

Raising Our Children With Music

Regaurdless of how we think we should raise our child, we all want the same thing for them, to raise our children to the best of our ability.  That is why it is important to support your child’s talents in things like sports, music, art, and other activities.

Most children at some point and time show interest in music and playing an instrument or they want to learn dancing.  It is always important to take notice of your child’s interest and get further feedback from you child about their desires.  Usually you have a few options when it comes to your child’s interest in music:

  • You can always ignore their request in the beginning to see if it is just a curiosity or not, then decide if you want to purchase and instrument for them.
  • You can agree to their request and visit the local music store to get an instrument and to see if there is a music instructor available.
  • You can find a music education master in the area to teach you child and purchase anything that is available for your child to learn.

Of course the last option will be the most beneficial to your child, but you have consider things like cost and time.  Who is going to get your child to music lessons?  Regaurdless of which route you go, it is always important for the parent to show interest and encouragement to their child through the process.

Final Thoughts on Music Education for Your Child

Learning where to start is the most important part of the education process.  You can find instruments and sheet music that is used online or at some local shops.  This will save you some money and see if you child follows through with their new found love of music.

Do your research in the local market as well.  On many websites you can find reviews of music teachers in the area and they will have their rates available online so you can get an idea of what costs will be.  Maybe it is a good idea to have your child help around the house to get music lessons.  There are many ways to help your child so it is time to keep an open mind and get creative.  Please check out our previous post on music and your infant.