Music Program in Wikwemikong Elementary Schools
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Recently the school board on the reserve of Wikwemikong on a well-known largest fresh water island called Manitoulin, recently made a decision to cut music entirely from their elementary curriculum.
Music is one of the most important things to have in the curriculum of any school, especially for children at the elementary level. Here are a couple of reasons as to why music is important to children:
- Teamwork development
- Self-confidence (performance)
- Sense of achievement
- Engagement within school
- Better memorization
- And much more..
Researchers have constantly gathered benefits and positive effects within schools and have clearly demonstrated the need for elementary music programs. Ongoing research into the benefits of music education with the school proves that it would be a dire mistake to cut this school's elementary music program.
Music education as early as pre-school is beneficial and results in increased intelligence and better study skills. 1994 study by Frances Rauscher and Gordon Shaw at the University of California, Irvine (Harvey, 1997) reports; "preschoolers who took daily 30 minute group singing lessons and a weekly 10-15 minute private keyboard lesson scored 80 percent higher in object assembly skills than students who did not have the music lessons"
According to a survey conducted in January-February 2015 by the National Associations of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM), 77% of teachers and 64% of parents agreed that music and arts education are "extremely important" or "very important"; 63% of teachers and 57% of parents believe music education should be a required subject in middle school; 87% of teachers and 81% of parents believe children should have a chance to learn to play a musical instrument as early as elementary school.
This survey also found that 83% of teachers and 73% of parents say cutting music education is detrimental for students.
Music education is very important at an elementary school level. Research indicates that music training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.
"It's up to us, all of us, to assure every child has access to quality music education in schools." - Mary Luehrsen, executive director of the NAMM Foundation
"Music Education in Elementary Schools." Children's Music Workshop. GSI Foundation, n.d. Web. 11 June 2017.
"Study Reveals Most Teachers And Parents Believe Music Education Should Be Required In School." Children's Music Workshop. GSI Foundation, n.d. Web. 11 June 2017.
"Importance of Music - Why is music important?" Children's Music Workshop. GSI Foundation, n.d. Web. 11 June 2017.
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