Philosophy of Music Education
A music education is for everyone.† Even the non-musician will still be surrounded by music every day, be it the music they choose to listen to in the car, the pop music in the department stories in the mall, or the Classical music on the stereo in the restaurant.† A music education gives them an understanding and appreciation for this integral part of their culture.† Music is also an easily-accessed form of self-expression.† A music class brings out a studentís individuality more readily than a math or science class, where everyone is often expected to do the same problems and arrive at the same answers.
A music educator has many different roles in relation to his or her students.† Often the music educator is a teacher, disciplinarian, coach, counselor, confidant, role model.† The music educator guides the student in learning not only music, but discipline, commitment, and social skills.† The list goes on.
In todayís society, with the emphasis on reading, writing, and arithmetic, a music education often gets brushed to the side.† But the importance is not to be underestimated.† Students have the right to learn individuality, commitment, and all the rest of the skills listed above, and many more. The value of a music education cannot be dismissed, and must continue to be a part of studentsí life today and in the years to come.
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