Music is a valid core subject that should be made available for every student to experience. The benefits of music education are invaluable, allowing students to grow aesthetically, personally, and academically. Skills developed through participation in music help prepare students for a successful future. Music has the ability to create an emotional response in students that cannot be found in any other subject. It stimulates the senses and intellect while creating a very individual experience for each student. By helping a student find and develop a musical talent, it improves their self-esteem and feeling of self-worth.
The music classroom should provide an inclusive atmosphere where every individual is important to the whole and is able to express himself/herself. Students learn self-discipline through participation in music ensembles and individual practice which carries over into other subject areas. Music has also been found to stimulate development of certain cognitive and social skills in young children. Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences supports the philosophy that music is as essential to education as the other academic subjects.
While the study of music provides growth in students’ aesthetic, personal and academic lives, it is also important to acknowledge the intrinsic value of music. Music should be taught because of its own self-worth, not because it may help students in other subjects. The experiences and knowledge gained through music education allow students to become informed participants in our culture. It is something that students can carry with them throughout their lives to provide enjoyment. Therefore, it is imperative to educate the coming generations to be knowledgeable consumers and appreciators of music.