Sing alone and with others
Perform on instruments, alone and with others
Improvise: melodies, harmonies, accompaniments
Compose and arrange within guidelines
Read and notate music
Listen to, analyze, and describe music
Evaluate music and perfromances
Understand relationships between music, other arts and other disciplines
Understand music’s relationship to history and culture.
"Why music in education?"
Music contributes to the school and community environment (quality of life).
Music helps prepare students for a career and is an avocation.
Music makes the day more alive and interesting, which in turn leads to more learning.
Music combines behaviors to promote a higher order of thinking skills.
It provides a way to image and create, contribute to self-expression and creativity.
Music enriches life, it is a way to understand our cultural heritage as well as other past and present cultures. (see article by Bill Pharis)
Performing, consuming and composing are satisfying and rewarding activities.
Music contributes to sensitivity (see Gloria Kiester's articleÑTeaching Music for "feelingful intelligence).
Music education provides for perceptualÑmotor development.
It encourages team work and cohesiveness.
It fosters creativity and individuality.
Music education adds to self-worth of participants.
Music education fosters discipline and commitment.
It is a major source of joy and achievement.
Music provides unique and distinct modes of learning (see article by Howard Gardner).
Music is a therapeutic outlet for human beings.
It is a predictor of life's success (see article by National Association of Secondary School Principals).
It develops intelligence in other areas (see articles by Wendell Harrison, Howard Gardner, Malcom Browne and Tom Cohen).
To provide success for some students who have difficulty with other aspects of the school curriculum.
To help the student realize that not every aspect of quantifiable and that it is important to cope with the subjective.
The music program is very cost-effective (Se Save Your Music Program, John L. Benham) What parent or child wouldn't want the benefits of music education"
Study of the arts encourages a suppleness of the mind, a toleration for ambiguity, a taste for nuance, and the ability to make trade-offs among alternative courses of action.
Study of the arts helps students to think and work across traditional disciplines. They learn both to integrate knowledge and to "think outside the box."
An education in the arts teaches student how to work together cooperatively.
An education in the arts builds an understanding of diversity and the multi-cultural dimensions of our world.
An arts education insists on the value of content, which helps students understand "quality" as a key value.
An arts education contributes to technological competence.