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On October 12, 2013 there was an article published in the New York Times titled “Is Music the Key to Success” – and the link to that article follows: Music is the key to success
While I think most people would expect a music teacher (that would be I) to expound the virtues of music education (which are many, and yes, I believe music is the key to success,) I thought that perhaps it would be helpful to hear from some of Pearson’s music students about the benefits they have reaped from their time in music programs. As students and parents begin their consideration of courses for next year, I urge you to consider the words of the students below and of the New York Times article; the study of music is not only for those hoping to pursue a career in music – it’s for everyone. Science has shown that those who study music develop in so many ways valued by today’s world. But enough from me…here are the students!
Music has always been a massive part of my life. Not only has it given me a great number of opportunities and made a great number of amazing friends, it has honestly made math so much easier for me. Before grade 7 I never understood math ever. In my grade 8 year when I got really into band and music I started a math K&E program and I started at grade 4 level math and made it all the way to halfway through grade 8 math in one year. In that year I was doing piano lessons, school band, jazz band, the Calgary Round Up Band, which is a marching band, and then I was also starting singing lessons. For Round Up we had to memorize all our music so that helped with my memorization skills. The different styles of music helped me recognize all sorts of different patterns. Music not only helped me with math, but it helped me concentrate and focus more on all of my subjects. Music has and always will be a really big part of my life. It has helped me grow in so many ways. I am so thankful for all of the amazing chances to do music in my life. I don’t know where I’d be without it.
Even though I personally am not going to continue studying music after high school, I do believe that I have gained a lot from the music I’ve studied over the years. I work better in groups now than I did before, I’m more open to different perspectives and ideas and I’m more flexible. I’ve learned how to manage my time and prioritize my work. I’ve always gone for music, because it makes me happy and helps keep my brain active. I’ve never been very good at sports but music is something that I will forever keep working at no matter where life takes me. Singing in the car on the way to work, playing the guitar for ten minutes before bed, it all helps. Music relaxes me but also gives me great thrill when I perform with an ensemble. The most significant thing I’ve learned from studying music is that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
I’m not a professional musician…I enjoy music, I learn from music valuable skills. Counting, time management, be prepared for the future but also being in the present. These are all valuable skills I have learned in band and it’s what employers look for. Are you prepared? Do you manage time well? What is your commitment level like? These are the skills I have learned in band for six years. I may or may not continue with band but I won’t forget what I’ve learned in band. Also band is a FUN place to be. I’ve made life-long friends due to band. I’ve played fun music! I’ve had a great musical journey and I feel that everyone who joins a band or learns an instrument can experience that too. Even if you don’t join band, join something! Sports, dance, drama…have fun! School goes by quickly so enjoy life before you have to do “responsible” things…but join band because it’s the best!