Why is music education important?
Witness the kids of a 5 grade class of the Hobart Elementary Public School in Los Angeles, California:
This "ordinary" classroom is where a great teacher, Rafe Esquith, inspires an award-winning class of fifth graders, "THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS", to create marvelous work and a great future for themselves.
And Mr. Esquith has been doing so for decades.
The Mission Statement of the Hobart Shakespeareans reads as follows:
"The Hobart Shakespeareans is a public school classroom designed to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged children.
"Working together with staff, parents, and our community, we are determined to establish a level playing field to give each child the equal opportunity promised in the Constitution.
"Through disciplined study and high expectations, the children acquire the knowledge, skills, and grace necessary to earn their share of the American Dream."
Although the classes' primary vehicle is Shakespearean Drama [and Mr. Esquith consistently inspires his kids to. frankly, astounding levels of competence and maturity of interpretation in this.], I'd like to show you what a committed teacher can inspire his kids to achieve in MUSIC.
[Again, please note that this is not an 'elite' class - These are "ordinary" kids from a disadvantaged neighborhood. It is the enthusiasm and comittment of the TEACHER, and the subject matter itself - music & drama - which makes the difference.]
In response to the question: "Why is music education important?", Rafe Esquith says:
"Children don't seem to be paying attention as well as they used to. All of my children play music.
"When a child plays music, they are learning about something that has nothing to do with music. They're learning about focus, listening to others, making mistakes, correcting those mistakes. All of my musicians do better in math, science and all areas of school once they start playing music.
"So I ALWAYS urge parents: "A library card and a musical instrument and your child is set for an extraordinary life."
Rafe Esquith's most recent book is "LIGHTING THEIR FIRES". In the following promotional video for the book, Mr. Esquith discusses the need for the teaching of core moral values, as well as academic subjects.
He also shares some key observations on 'why is music education important' [The above remarks regarding music education for kids start at 2:20 on the video below.]
Here's more of Rafe Esquith and THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS..
So, WHY IS MUSIC EDUCATION IMPORTANT? Well, As you can see - the above examples of the power of music [and arts] education make an overwhelmingly convincing case for it.
I cannot imagine how anyone
would not be affected and moved to action, or moved at least to spreading the word about the vital importance of
music education, especially in early schooling.
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