Music Therapy Argumentative Essay

Music is one of the first sensations that mankind experienced. From ancient religions and tribes to present day, music has been a huge part of worship, culture, and entertainment. Scientists even now believe that music is hardwired into our brains like other creatures for socialization and finding mates. It has inspired millions and fueled world cultures. For the sake of culture, social experiences, and beneficial brain development, band funding in American public schools should not be cut.
If band funding is cut in a community, it will have negative cultural effects on the people and the community itself. Without the music program, a school cannot host concerts or shows, which steals memories and experiences from the supporting parents and
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Similar to writing or speaking, one can pour emotion and power into the way he or she plays, which also allows the audience to feel and enjoy it as well. Music can be used alongside appeals such as ethos and pathos. For instance, imagine a power speaker giving a speech of justice. Now add inspiring or powerful sounding music in the background and it will add more effect to the overall presentation. It is used a lot in films which in some cases are scored and recorded by advanced high school bands. An alternate effect music has is that it can emotionally impact people through a treatment called music therapy. Music therapy is a health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic way to confront physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of a patient. It is most commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, and anger by having a patient either get involved in music, or even simply just listening to it. Music therapy has shown to be effective in a large majority of patients, and even if it can 't completely solve the problem, it can still drastically help their progress. If something like music is just as powerful as writing or literature, why should it be treated as less and cut from public school …show more content…
One might say that music is not as important as other standard curriculum classes such as math, science, history, and language arts, or that we need more scientists or mathematicians instead of musicians. Each of the core curriculum classes sparks a different part of the brain when they are being learned. According to research, when music is just listened to more parts of the brain are sparked at once, and when playing the number rises even more. Music education helps develop significant cognitive skills that are not seen as frequently in non-musically educated children. At Mission Viejo High School in Southern California, the overall gpa of music students was 3.59 and for non-music students the overall gpa was 2.91. This same study also found that 16% of the music students had a 4.0 overall gpa and only 5% of the non-music students had a 4.0 overall gpa. Not only did it affect overall gpa, it also affected testing scores. “...the children who were given music lessons over the school year tested on average three IQ points higher than the other groups.”(Brown 1) Music educators state that musical education improves student self-discipline, dexterity, coordination, self-esteem, thinking skills, listening skills, creative abilities and personal and social security and expression. Dr. Frank Wilson, an assistant clinical professor of neurology at the University of California School of Medicine, reports that instrumental practice enhances

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