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More than a melody or note, music education in younger years prepares students for life.
The Role Music Education Plays in Elementary School
By Laura Garcia, Music Teacher at Mirabeau B. Lamar Elementary
As a music educator, I often get asked “What is the one thing you want your students to remember about music?” My reply is that I always tell my students, “Music will always be there for you and never let you down.” While we hope children create positive relationships with their family, friends and teachers, one relationship we may have not considered is their relationship with music.
When we think about music, we assume it is just about what we hear on the radio, tv, in movies or even what is on our iPod. However, it is so much more. Think about it: music gives us so many emotions throughout the ups and downs of our life, it plays such a crucial part. Since birth, music has been around. When it is time to enter elementary school, will prepare studentsfor their important studies of Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.
Fortunately, music education is taught in most public schools. As elementary music educators, it is our responsibility to create and build the foundation of music to all our students. We teach them so much about music from kindergarten through 5th grade. This includes singing, playing instruments, dancing, music appreciation, learning about rhythms, musical terms, steady beats, how to read notes and how to perform in front of a live audience.
While students are learning their academic studies, students in the music class are learning how it relates to their classroom lessons. These are just a few examples
In addition to the importance music education connects to academics, it is also important students learn to have an appreciation for it. They will recognize how much music is around their lives.
In elementary school, students have music class 1-2 times a week for approximately 45 minutes. During this time, music educators do their best to teach what they can about music and most importantly, let students have fun! They will also have the opportunity to perform for their family and peers. This is also a life-long learning lesson that can help tackle that infamous stage fright and build confidence in themselves.
Music also has a role in helping build relationships with one another and plays an essential role in the development of social skills. After all, it is known the universal language. It brings people together, makes them feel better and creates a sense of unity.
At the elementary level, students can also audition for choirs, music competitions, or even a performing ensemble, such as recorder, hand bell or percussion. These vary at each campus and can help enhance the learning of music at an early age. More detailed examples include:
Furthermore, this is a fundamental part when students enter secondary education. When students exit elementary school into junior high and high school, they can spend more time learning about music education every day if they choose. They can join choir, band or orchestra. Music educators at the secondary level help them branch out into a completely higher level of music education. Therefore, building such a solid foundation is so important; it carries with each child as they leave elementary school.
Even if students don’t choose to go down the music education path, there are other paths they can take, such as joining art, theatre arts, sports, etc. However, it is hoped that whatever route they take, music will always be an important part of their lives. Maybe music will motivate them as they work out to be in athlete, calm them as they study or relax, participate in their church choir or even be used as a form of entertainment. Either way, music educators hope music brings some sort of positivity in their life.
In closing, the role music education has elementary school is so essential. Even though a six or nine-year-old may not fully understand the concept of the quote, “Music will never let you down and will always be there for you,” music educators aspire for students to understand the impact music has. Maybe when they are older, they will see that music is more than just a simple melody or tune; it is an important and reliable part of their lives.
It’s been quite a year, but there is always something to be grateful for.
We asked around #GCCISD to see what people are giving thanks for as we approach Thanksgiving Day.
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