Music and School Music supports ALL school subjects
Music and School
Music supports ALL school subjects
First semester is almost over, and you know what that means: tests, assessments, final projects, etc. I’d like to take this opportunity to point out that if you do music, you are more likely to do better than those who don’t. Music supports every subject imaginable.
Musical elements relate to each other in systems the same way numbers do. Scales, chords, and songs all follow universal rules that can be broken, stretched, and manipulated creatively. As such, one could look at algebra or calculus as “The Music of How Much”. Making creative sense of how number systems interact is a natural expression of musical logic.
Also, music notation is really just a graph expressing complex relations of pitch and time. Learning to think this way sets the mind up for fluid mathematical reasoning.
At any age learning songs expands your vocabulary. Also, when paired with musical sound, emotional meaning is attributed to the word in the most compelling way possible. Just look at the works of Oscar Hammerstein, or ask any music therapist who works with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
To read music, the eye has to jump back and forth, up and down much more than verbal language. This trains the eye muscles, and the brain to scan and find crucial information. Test prep companies teach precisely these skills – expensively, but with music you also get the ability to play for your efforts! Win, Win!
Music is a deeply personal expression of the mindset of different eras. What better way to melt away the centuries and experience the logic of the Enlightenment, or the raw emotion of the Romantic era, and identify with people from the times when the great classics were written!
Studying world culture will be incomplete without looking at music. It is the one common language that ties all of humanity together. Geography, philosophy, politics, religion and art all intersect with music.
Playing an instrument alone, or in a group involves timing, coordination, and the ability to bring together complex varied skills into a unified whole. Sound familiar tennis players? Soccer players? Footballers? Wrestlers? Track people?
Music is the best way to train yourself to calm your nerves at the moment of truth. Recital requires your “game face” and it requires you develop effective training routines. Music coordinates the thinking mind and the muscles in a much more involved way than anything else: To paraphrase Yogi Berra: it’s more than “half mental”.
Playing music with others develops teamwork, leadership, cultural sensitivity, and conflict resolution skills.
So next time a school board candidate or politician tries to convince you that cost cutting in favor of common core standards devoid of arts and assessment based education is a good idea, think of the above. Nevertheless, nobody can stop you from doing music on your own. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself – at any level.