Music Education

Music Education
Did you listen to you mother when she asked you to take piano lessons? Were you still taking piano lessons one week later? If not, today I?m going to try and make feel very bad for not listening to your mother.

According to the web site for VH1 ?Save the Music? program, ?Research has shown that involvement in music programs improves a child?s early cognitive development, basic math and reading abilities, self-esteem, sat scores, self-discipline, ability to work in teams, spatial reasoning skills, and school attendance. Also, children involved with music education are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college, and less likely to be involved with gangs and substance abuse.?
Just like most of you, I gave learning the piano the week later. But, six months ago, I realized my mom was right all this while. I picked up the guitar and made the attempt to learn how to play it. Today my guitar provides me with ample entertainment, if I?m bored I pick up my guitar. In the next couple of minutes I?m going to try and convince you to go home, borrow your roommates guitar and play a string or two.
Playing a Musical Instrument
1) Improves your cognitive skills
2) Helps express oneself (emotionally or creatively)
3) And finally it?s simply a fun and constructive way to pass time

1) Improves your cognitive skills:
a. In the April 23, 1998 issue of Nature, Researchers at the University of Munster in Germany reported their discovery music lessons in childhood actually enlarge the brain. An area used to analyze the pitch of a musical note is enlarged 25% in musicians, compared to people who have never played an instrument. The findings suggest the area is enlarged through practice and experience. The earlier the musicians were when they started musical training, the bigger this area of the brain appears to be.

If you want to increase your vocabulary then the best way to do it might be to pick up a guitar, or learn the violin. A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument enhances the brain?s ability to remember words. ?Adults with music training in their childhood demonstrate better verbal memory,? said Dr. Agnes Chan of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who did the research. ?They can remember things that you tell them better than those who did not have music training when they were young.?
The results were of a recent study were remarkable. The spatial-temporal IQs of the children who received music training were 35% higher than the children who did not study music. When we compared their scores before music instruction to eight months after, we found that their scores had improved by 46%. Meanwhile, the scores of the children who did not have music lessons improved by only 6%.
c. Playing an musical instrument has proven to improve one mathematical reasoning and pattern recognition. American children are lagging behind in their math and science abilities as compared to their foreign counterparts and music could be just the catalyst we need. According to the ?Music Is?? web site ?Successful music students tend to possess the qualities and skills that are generally considered essential to employers in business, education and service organizations.? It is recognized that music education assists us in writing better, better communication and analytical skills. The web site further states that to be successful in music, takes a great deal of self-discipline and notes that ?music majors have the highest sat scores in all areas.?

2) Express oneself
a) Music is a great outlet for ones depression, frustration etc. When you want beat someone up, go home pick up your guitar and bend a string or two. When you?re ready to cry, play a tune- you?re could be the next tear jerker (add yourself to the billboards)

b) Music has therapeutic value. According to Rauscher Shaw ?its been proven that music raises self esteem and hone creativity? It gives students something to look forward to, sometimes a kid only goes to school because of music class. A lot of people who work hard during the day have no time for anything fun, their creativity gets trapped up inside. Music soothes you, you can express yourself through it. For people who don?t always have the time and the money it?s a way out. Through music one uncovers his or her emotions and actually finds a means to express them.

3) Entertaining pass time
a) music can be your best friend. Just like your pet dog, it?ll listen to you very patiently and actually make nice sounds in return (well hopefully). Instead of spending hours being a couch potato/phone hog or internet junkie you may as well do something more constructive(and in my opinion fun) with your time. Music makes you capable of solitude and you start to enjoy ones own company. You can play an instrument for hours on end and never ever feel the need for anyone around. You are now making your own entertainment.

Hopefully in the past couple of minutes I?ve made every one of you who gave up the piano feel bad. If you had actually stuck with it, who knows you might have just been smarter, have a higher self esteem, higher level of creativity and a smaller beer belly(considering you may not have spend hours drinking beer, because you have nothing better to do)
When we were 10, we all thought our parents were stupid for suggesting anything to us. In 10 years , it seems like they?ve grown smarter haven?t they?

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