No matter where you go, music is a part of the fabric of our society. It is the way in which cultures carry forward their ideals and ideas. The benefits of learning music are invaluable, especially when they begin at an early age. Teenagers participating in orchestra or band, for example, are reported to have the lowest lifetime substance usage. This is according to the Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Teens in music programs also have higher marks in education, especially in the areas of math and science. This is because music helps teens develop mathematical concepts. The U.S. Department of Education states, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them. It is also well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to a child’s intellectual development.”
It is unfortunate that many music programs have faded from public school curricula. Music education should always be integrated into the life of any teen. Music encourages critical thinking by utilizing both sides of the brain. As one side of the brain controls reason, the other side of the brain controls creativity. Learning music has also been shown to improve one’s memory, relax the body and beat daily stress.
With public school music programs being a thing of the past, it is still possible to enroll your children in public or private music lessons. Companies such as Catfish Music offer a wide array of music teaching specialists, possessing a world of excellent teaching skills, along with enjoying the teaching of music. By ensuring your children participate in music programs, any music programs, you are ensuring they are exposed to one of the most beautiful arts of the human culture.
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