A Symphony of Life: An examination of the importance of Music Education in public schools.

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Music is a necessary, life-enhancing experience which should be nurtured in all individuals. It is a common bond that all people share and utilize as a source of emotional release and personal expression which provides a chance for limitless communication. Music is, by nature, a constant of life which has been present in all cultures, at all times, throughout the known historical development of the human species. Music satisfies the human need for aesthetic enjoyment, and provides for communication and sharing of cultural ideals and values. These basic principles of music make it imperative for it to be taught as a mandatory academic subject in every public education institution. Aside from the aesthetic implications, the study of music at an early age leads to greater success in both general society as well as in school.

One of the most basic and undeniable principals of music is that it permeates the fabric of our society.

The earliest accounts of music, in some form or another, can be traced back to the beginning of recorded history, and since then, it has found a place in nearly every culture and society on this planet (Hagen 3). Throughout the years music has played various roles in the societies that utilized it. From the earliest communication conducted in tribal chants to the ancestral record being passed down orally through folksongs, music has served as an important facet in society for thousands of years (Hagen 3). In the current society of advanced electronics, technologies, and communication networks, music is often relegated to the specific venue of entertainment. However, despite this seemingly trivial position, music plays an important role in the modern economy. In a recent survey conducted by the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, it was discovered that non-profit music and art organizations account...