A Note from Quaver: Why Music Education Belongs in Public Schools

by Abby @ Quaver on July 30, 2012

in Around the Web,Music Education News,Quaver's Notes

In this Artists House Music interview, Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, gives a passionate defense of music education and the importance of encouraging every possible student to participate in a music-related school activity.

Take 5 Minutes and watch his interview, and read below for Quaver’s thoughts on this important topic!

Take it away, Quaver!

This is a great, great video from Roger H. Brown, and of course something we agree with wholeheartedly at QuaverMusic.com!

Music energizes!

It’s a force. You only need to look at the faces of kids who are singing a song they love. Or take note of the vast variety of music listened to by all kinds of people in all kinds of places around the world. It’s because it energizes us!

Music Motivates!

Music can actually create good motives in people as they explore, unpack, and practice it. For some students, music may be their main motivation for going to school each day, or working hard to do well in their studies.

Music Opens Up Learning!

As we practice we learn about discipline. As we play in an ensemble we learn about listening and humility – for example, when our tuba part is not the lead melody . . . again! We learn about performing, presenting, communicating, and overcoming fear and on and on and on.

Music Connects!

Yes, music connects us to practical areas of learning. It connects our love of Bach to history and geography. It connects our love of dance to creativity and movement. Music is mathematical, music is physics!

Music also connects us to others in the musical world. In ensembles and orchestras and marching bands – we are connected to one another through the sheet music in front of us!

Music is Emotional!

As Mr. Brown says, music touches us at a very deep level – a spiritual or emotional level that possibly other subjects do not. Why are so many song lyrics about feelings? Because we know that somehow MUSIC is the vehicle that can carry those words into hearts.

Music is a Magnet!

It draws people together and creates community, almost ALL of music involves playing together.

Here at Quaver we say YES! YES! YES! to what Roger H. Brown communicates in this piece about the importance of music in public schools.

We hope Quaver motivates, energizes, educates, connects, and is a magnet drawing your students to learn to love music!

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1 Anita Hurst August 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I agree whole-heartedly about music being important! My high school band program is what kept me going to school. Without it, I shutter to think what would have happened.
Thanks for this video.

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