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Arlee Bird is a former student of music education in public school. Bird says that he had a fine music education. There was nothing mediocre about it. He says that all enrolled in school received a basic training on instruments or singing. However, Bird says that music education should not be the school system's job. He also says that music education does not prepare students for higher education or even most jobs. "Most jobs have nothing to do with what we know about classical music or whether we can sing a simple song."

 

Bird believes that even the children know this, "...had no practical value in most of the futures of those who took these classes." Obviously Bird does not know that music helps children focus, and also helps the brain comprehend both English and math. This has been proven multiple times by credible scientists. I scooped the article entitled "A Neuroscientist's argument for Saving School Music Programs."

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A Neuroscientist's Argument for Saving School Music Programs | Education on GOOD

A Neuroscientist's Argument for Saving School Music Programs | Education on GOOD | Should Music be Taught in School? | Scoop.it
Back in 2007, Northwestern neuroscientist Nina Kraus led a team of researchers that showed that training in music as a youngster helps boost speech and reading abilities-since the same pathways used for mastering music are used for language.This past weekend, at the American Association for the A...
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In 2007, neuroscientist Nina Kraus, proved that music education helps boost both speech and reading abilities. This case is backed by years of research. During many of her speeches she repeatedly says, "... keep offering music programs." Kraus states that "playing an instrument may help youngsters better process speech in noisy classrooms and more accurately interpret the nuances of language that are conveyed by subtle changes in the human voice...Cash-strapped school districts are making a mistake when they cut music from the K-12 curriculum...People's hearing systems are fine-tuned by the experiences they've had with sound throughout their lives..."

 

Kraus is a celebrated scientist, whose theories are well backed. Featured in "Scientific American", Kraus' research shows that musical training can boost everything from pitch perception to visual and motor skills.  

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Dr. Cynthia Taggart, professor of music education and area chair of music at the Michigan State University, spoke at the Wolf lecture in 2011. She talked about how if we do not change the way we are teaching music, the program will dwindle into nothing. We can not force children to play music. If we let them loose, and instead permitted them to experiment with their own interests, the teaching experience for both the instructor and the pupil will be more enjoyable.

 

Also, she talked about introducing new classes to younger students. Classes like improvisation and composition. Yes, schools need to change the way they teach music, however, I do not think younger children will enjoy improvisation and composition. The young adults on the high school level may, but those classes may be to advanced for elementary schools. 

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Opinion: Cuts to music education are a positive step | Classical music reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk

Opinion: Cuts to music education are a positive step | Classical music reviews, news & interviews | The Arts Desk | Should Music be Taught in School? | Scoop.it
The founder of a choral academy argues that music education is due for an overhaul. Music feature by Christopher Monks
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Gregory Douma is the Artistic Director/ Director of the Allegro Choral Academy. In this article, Douma argues that music education has been taught "inconsistently" throughout the UK. He goes on to say that music is important to teach kids. However, it is detrimental for a child to receive a bad music education from unmotivated teachers. Some say it is the same in the United States. With the No Child Left Behind Act, that music is important and should be taught, but will not be tested.

 

When people hear of cuts to music programs, we tend to get upset and angry. However, Douma says, "The government has received a public bashing for the recent cuts to music education and county music services, but I believe that these changes are the most positive thing to happen to music education in years." He says that now that there are budget cuts, it will force the community to step into action. Which basically means that the private sector will do a better job educating the children.

 

Because of these changes, Hub organizations are now in charge of public music education. They make sure that every child between the ages of five and eighteen have the opportunity to sing and learn an instrument and perform. However, not every county has access to the Hub organizations. Douma says this is something that his choral group is striving for. He does not mention the auditions, and the costs of his organizations.

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The Benefits of Music Education . Music & Arts . Education | PBS Parents

The Benefits of Music Education . Music & Arts . Education | PBS Parents | Should Music be Taught in School? | Scoop.it
Research shows that learning the do-re-mis can help children excel in ways beyond the basic ABCs. Learn all the benefits of music education.
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This article argues the benefits of music education. The author quotes Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation (a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music). She says, "A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,”  

 

However, this article also states that music does not need to be taught in school. It could just be practiced at home. I agree with the importance of music education, but I think that music should be taught at school. Most children do not have the funds to hire an instructor at home. Children also benefit from learning life lessons like working together, when taught in a group setting. 

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