The Need for Music Education
All too often in today’s schools, the music education curriculum is either eliminated or reduced during budget cuts. Yet, many administrators do not realize the power of music in the lives of children. Research has shown that students who participate in instrumental music:
- Enhance their academic skills in math, science, and language arts
- Get higher marks in standardized tests than those who have no music involvement regardless of socioeconomic background
Music training also helps under-achievers; strengthens the links between brain neurons; and builds new spatial reasoning. Music education also improves a student’s self-discipline, dexterity, coordination, self-confidence, self-esteem, thinking and listening skills, creative abilities, and personal expression.
In today’s technological world, there is a great need for school administrators to understand that everybody needs music—that no child should be left behind musically.
The Symphony Orchestra Guild is a crusader in helping area schools expose children to music education by funding:
- Live performances in the schools
- Mentor programs
- Instrument petting zoos
- The Instrument Loaner Library
- Instrumental PASS Concerts
- Private lesson and summer camp scholarships
- The Youth Symphony Orchestra Jr. and Sr.
Supplementing music education in the Decatur community is a large part of the Symphony Guild of Decatur’s mission, and is of great importance to the survival of future symphonic music and audiences.