Education

Why Music Education is Important

Parents nowadays are more responsive and open to the idea of enrolling their children in music lessons. They could see the benefits and advantages of having their kids know some musical instruments.

Children singing in a choirIt does not mean that when you enroll your child to a music or voice lesson, you are already expecting that he or she would make it big in the music industry in the future. More than having an additional skill, enrolling in a music lesson can do so much more for your children.

Here are some noteworthy benefits of music education among children:

1. Language development

One of the early exposures of children to languages is through music and nursery rhymes. They love to sing and dance to their favorite nursery rhymes. And through joining in the singing, they can know, speak, and pronounce new words. That is why music is highly encouraged in the classroom, especially during the early childhood stages. Matter of fact, some children even got to know their alphabet through music.

2. Boost in IQ

A study was conducted among children age six years old who were enrolled in voice and piano lessons. The result showed an increase in the IQ levels of these children as compared to the other children who were enrolled in different classes such as drama and arts. Thus, some parents believe that it enrolling their children to music lesson can help make their children smarter and more intelligent, especially if the voice teacher is professionally trained to motivate them.

3. The brain works harder

According to research, the musician’s brain works differently than the other people who are not into music. When someone is learning musical skills, it involves not only one but multiple skills set. There needs to be mind and body coordination. When a child studies music at an early age, it helps stimulate his or her brain functions. Moreover, there will be improvement and development in the sound discrimination of a person enrolled in music lesson as well as delicate motor tasks.

4. Improved mathematics problem-solving skills

Kids learn math faster when exposed to music lessonsThrough undergoing music lesson, a person can have an improvement in terms of solving mathematical problems. A musically-inclined person tends to be useful in mathematics, too as well as other subjects that involve numbers and computations such as engineering, architecture and even information technology.

The items above are just some of the positive effects of music on a person. There is no claim that music can make you smarter in an instant, but it does help improve some skills in you.

 

Leadership

Tolerance to a Multiracial Society

America, like many countries, was founded upon pretense. Englishmen who had tired of persecution wanted a place to practice their religious and political beliefs as they saw fit. Since it’s infancy, the people of America have been hypocritical in everything they sought to stand for. Equality for all meant equality for all white men of some social standing.

Kids should be raised on multiracial awarenessMany hundreds of years later, we the children of a severely diminished Native population and so many immigrants are still lacking in being a real melting pot. Perhaps a day will come when diversity is genuinely celebrated, but that day will not come without going back to the root, being critically honest, and then educating ourselves and our children.

We have to rewrite history books now. We have to get beyond the sugar-coated story of how America was born and tell the truth. We must take it upon ourselves to understand our own cultures, to learn about our ancestor’s ways, even if we choose not to practice them. It must be popularly accepted that there are few if any, purely “white” or “black” people in this society.

There are both beautiful and horrifying elements to nearly any culture. We as a society must be brave and honest enough to acknowledge these things. We must find the ability to look beyond the lightness or darkness of one’s skin and realize that rich traditions and histories are lying below the surface that will pass out of existence without the strength and integrity to do some serious investigation.

The “Check One” ethnicity boxes should be done away with on forms. This only encourages people to generalize themselves. Being Siberian, Blackfoot, Creole, and European there is entirely no way I can only put an ‘X’ in a box and be done with it. My children, who are even more diverse than I, have been raised to respect all cultures and never to assume a person’s cultural identity based on the tone of their flesh. I hope that they remember these lessons as well as pass them on. I highly doubt that I will live to see a content multiracial society, but if we do not try, our progeny will never see it either.