The Importance Of Music Education In High School

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In addition to less-than-perfect facilities, the music program at my high school also had a number of students with special needs, which some would see as a drawback but I saw as an asset. They always told us that music class was always the best part of their days, and the enthusiasm that they brought to performances and rehearsals pushed the rest of us in the class that much further. This is another special element that music education continues to bring to the academic table in a very unique way. Sadly, most students with special needs will never be able to learn advanced mathematics or read beyond an elementary level. Many have poor social skills as well, and the combination of these learning disabilities prohibits a lot of these students …show more content…
Especially in the case of students with special needs, music is therapeutic and provides a calming, organic remedy to students with anxiety, depression, or some form of mental drawback. It helps bridge a social barrier by becoming something that everyone can talk about and to which everyone can relate. Mario, a student in my class with autism, won the Fizzle award for "Best Dancer" in my senior yearbook. Not only did he know all of the words to every song on the radio, he was the life of the party at school dances and proms. He was in the school musicals and choir and sang his heart out during every performance. For him, being known as the "musical" kid became part of his identity. It made him unique in a way that was not due to his disability. I also saw this type of connection in my school observation, when I visited Marzolf Primary School. There were several students with disabilities, but when the students sang songs in a group together or tapped a steady beat on their legs, they were all beaming at each other, only thinking about the music. You could not tell which of the students were "different;" they were all the same under one …show more content…
Administrators are often incredibly skilled in writing and business, and sometimes in the math and science areas, but rarely know anything about music or its many paths. It is then the teacher 's job to continually inform the school principal and parents about the exciting things going on in their music classrooms, so that these people are more inclined to want to keep the program around. Secondly, I think that music teachers meeting these parents and administrators halfway is also a fantastic way to show that they are willing to compromise as long as they can educate. There is, believe it or not, a world outside of music and the classroom for most of the people involved in the school districts, and although music can be one of their favorite parts of their day, it is likely not the only part, just as other subjects are not as well. Music educators should encourage students to get involved in music while at the same time participating in other activities to make themselves well-rounded individuals. They should make known that these students can be in the marching band and still play baseball in the spring. It is amazing what knowledge, and clientele, these valuable well-rounded students can bring to a music class. By making these things known to students, parents, and teachers involved in the music

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