Music has always been an important part of my life. From choir, concert band, marching band, and the high school musicals, I was fortunate enough to begin participating in the music programs my school offered at a young age. Not only does music education give students the skills to sing on tune and play instruments, but also provides other important skills that can be beneficial throughout life.
During music class in elementary school, each student learned to sing in tune, perform in front of an audience, and work together during different activities. Each grade performed for the seasonal shows and had their first opportunity for public speaking. We were all given a small recorder in fourth grade to learn to read music, and learned the importance of practicing. This also started some of our future interests in band. By fifth grade I decided to join concert band where I continued to learn the importance of hard work and gained more experience performing.
I was given a lot of opportunities in high school through the music program. Four years of choir and marching band allowed me to go to Boston, California, perform in the Disney Land parade, participate in charities and walks for the cause, volunteer, gain a lot of new friends and so much more. The marching band and the choir became a family. We traveled as one to all of the events and competitions, helped each other study, and learned the importance of working together. We helped those who fell behind, and pushed ourselves to do better.
Without the music program I would have never had the opportunity to perform in countless parades, competitions, volunteer at autism walks, nursing homes, the relay for life, and work with a large group of people that I grew up with. We worked hard, practiced a lot, and had fun.
Unfortunately the budget cuts are taking out the music programs in many schools. It will then be up to the parents to pay for expensive music lessons or dance classes to create the world’s future performers. How different will the music scene be? Will students still learn the values of teamwork, hard work, volunteering, and be able to perform for an audience before they are thrown into the real world? Music education is more than reading music and carrying a tune. It is the beginning of important values, and is the start for our future artists.