Music in schools and why it shouldn't be cut.

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Music has always been an influential part of human life. From classical music to the playing of musical instruments, its influence on the everyday lives of humans is great. Children of all ages listen to and play music just simply for the nature of it being fun. But music can also be beneficial for a child's development. At an early age children can imitate melodies and rhythms, most of the time without even realizing it. They can even compose music spontaneously if left alone with a toy or instrument of that matter. So should music classes be taken out of schools just on the basis of there not being enough money for it, even if we know it is beneficial for a child's development? I am here to answer that questions and provide a clear statement in this ongoing study of children and music.

Musical development in children is something that has always been a topic of study.

"Music for Babies gives our children an early start in their life's journey. It nurtures a universal wish for health for all children by giving them a melody of calm and relaxed alertness which resonates throughout the body, mind and soul."

-V.L.Scaramella-Nowinski, Psy.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist.

Even before being born, the fetus can hear music. After week 26 of pregnancy the auditory system in the brain is starting to become fully functional. At this point the fetus can start to receive music in the form of distinguishable sound transmissions (Abrams, R.M., Griffiths, K., & Huang, X. 307-317). The sound transmissions have been shown to have very distinct initial responses. These responses usually include body movements and variations in heart rate. It is said that music is shown to have a possible 'calming' effect on the infant due to the fact that is...