Importance Music Education

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Students who actively participate in music education in their schooling lives tend to be associated with greater levels of academic achievement.[ ] This is mainly attributed to the perceived ability of music education to provide benefits that boost the performance of the brain for many other aspects of learning and life in general.[ ] Even the significant Greek philosopher Plato recognised the importance of music education, and is quoted as saying “I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music; for in the patterns of music and all the arts, are the keys to learning.”[ ] However, whilst there seems to be a correlation in the whether or not a high school student has received or is receiving a musical education…show more content…
It perceives this data as colours or objects, and hence increased activity in this area is important in helping any individual to recognise visual signs with clarity, accuracy, and speed. Music education is important in the development of this cortex predominantly due to tasks such as successfully reading sheet music. This skill requires the analysis of visual information and perception of this information to determine what notes should be played, which is all completed at a significant pace. Hence, continued efforts to read notes and have the brain connect these impulses to the necessary actions greatly increased brain activity in the brain’s visual cortex, therefore increasing over time its general ability to work efficiently and promptly when required. The auditory cortex is located in the temporal lobe of the brain and it responsible for the perception and translation of auditory signals into sounds that a person may hear. The use of the auditory cortex is very significant in music education due to being essential to comprehend how a piece of music sounds and how a student can improve their own performance, and therefore it is a hive of activity during education. Hence, the ability of a student to recognise auditory signals with ease and accuracy is improved over time, which is…show more content…
Such results would tend to indicate a positive correlation between participation in music education and high academic achievement. Further to the quantitative data of this study factors must be taken into consideration surrounding those who did not finish in the top 10 performing students based on ATAR level and those who completed music but not at a SACE Stage 2 level. Given that this study provides results of only the top 10 students without considering every other student it is possible that any extrapolation of the data to prove or disprove a point would be inaccurate. There is also the factor than many students participate in music education without completing SACE Stage 2 subjects via education at younger ages or on a more basic level throughout their primary or middle schooling. Therefore, the number of students in the data who participated in music and achieved highly could well be higher that what the data shows, further representing a positive correlation between music education
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