Today is the 1st day of March, and that means that it is “Music in our Schools” month. This nationwide program celebrates all that is good in our school music programs, culminating in a concert that is broadcast on PBS entitled “World’s Biggest Concert”. The music for the program is sent out to every music teacher in the nation, so that during the presentation every school in America can sing along with the concert to truly make it the biggest in the world.
With this news, it is a great time to look at the other daunting task facing our school music programs – budget cuts. With budgets in every state facing multi-million dollar cuts, a great fear is that music programs will be the first to go. We will not debate the benefits of cutting music over other teachers here; just suffice it to say that all teachers in our nation are extremely valuable, underappreciated, and underpaid.
Being that this is Music in our Schools month, we will begin a series of how important music is in the overall education of our youths. There are many studies that have been done, with new results coming out even over the past month, and we will look at some of these to see just how they enhance student learning.
One thing is for sure though, everyone on some level enjoys music – and if you cut out music in schools, not only will the art begin to die in America, but appreciation of the art will continue to decline. Music is very important to our everyday lives, there is a reason cars come equipped with radios, and everywhere we turn there is wonderful music to listen to. Cutting music out of the schools would be a serious error on the part of education.