Music is an essential part of a well-rounded curriculum. Scientific studies show the positive impact of music study on academic achievement, but music is also important for its intrinsic value. Music is a way to express the human experience and transcends language and cultural differences.
Singing should play a central role in every elementary school’s music curriculum. Each child comes to the classroom with a voice. It is mainly through this “instrument” that young students should explore music.
While learning the basic skills (reading, writing, listening, performing) and elements of music, students gain knowledge in other areas as well. They experience music from different cultures, historical eras, and traditions. They learn about cooperation (how an individual fits into a group) and physical coordination (how to control one’s body when performing). Most importantly, they learn about creating beauty. Music provides opportunities for self-expression and emotional growth.
The ideal music classroom is an inviting environment where experimentation is encouraged and critical thinking is required. Above all, music is fun. Because experiencing the joy of music is the most important part of each lesson, I hope that my students’ lives will continue to be enriched by music long after their school days are over.