Music education has been on the steady decline in public schools, and unfortunately, the future looks bleak. When it comes to public budget, the first thing that seems to go are programs that are seen as "extras." However, the problem is that the programs that seem like extras often provide benefits that go further than a textbook. Anica Oaks shares in this article reasons why we should not overlook the benefits of a music education.
There are many benefits to having a solid musical foundation. Children who are immersed in music have higher IQs than their non-musical counterparts. This is mostly due to the increase in brain development that happens when children are exposed to musical education. Further down the line, music education can positively impact overall academic success. To learn about the many reasons why music education should be emphasized more in public schools, check out Anica Oaks' article on MusicThinkTank.com.
"People tend to regard music rather like an exotic spice added to food. While exotic spices make food wonderfully flavorful, they are expensive and may not add nutritional value. When education funds become less available, one of the first programs that many schools cut are music programs. However, there are several neurological studies that show that music does indeed add the equivalent of nutritional value to the brain."