The Harmony in Education

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One morning, a fifth grader took in her hand a violin, and it changed her life forever. Her hands softly glided down the newly varnished wood, caressing every curve of the beautiful instrument. She lifted the violin onto her shoulder, and they suddenly became inseparable. The girl and the instrument, bound as one, and they continued to make beautiful music for the rest of her life. The girl had found something, not only in the instrument, but in herself. Ever since that day, her test scores improved, her grades rose, and she had something to be proud of. The middle school music education program had sparked her interest, therefore boosting her self esteem, and eventually, her academic performance. For those wondering who this girl was, this girl was me.

Music in schools greatly affects the students' academic progress, and development. The ability to play a musical instrument and/or appreciate the aesthetic qualities of classical music indicates a well educated and cultivated personality as well, and is very culturally acceptable, despite the fact that musicians are very highly underpaid in this society (Dai).

Even knowing this, parents will still support their children's musical education in many ways.

There have been many studies about music education, and the results are amazing. Students that are enrolled music performance classes scored 57 points higher on the verbal, and 41 points higher on the math portion of the SATs than students with no arts participation. Students that are enrolled in music appreciation classes scored 63 points higher on the verbal, and 44 points higher on the math. The U.S Department of Education did studies on over 25,000 secondary school students, and found that students involved in music show much higher proficiency in math. In another study, 237 children who used piano keyboard training scored 27%...