Music Credits In High School Essay

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There are no states in the United States that directly require music credits in High School. The only thing that comes close is the 23/50 states that require some form of arts. This shows that not all schools care about the arts as much as other things such as gym classes. These classes should be equal to the other. This is why I think that this should be changed. Music Credits should be required in High School because everyone has the capability to perform, it improves academic performance, and because music looks good on college applications. Everyone has the capability to perform whether they think they can or not. Whether it be singing or playing an instrument there is tangible proof that anyone can do either. “Everyone may be born with …show more content…

There are studies that show that music has helped students in their academic performance. According to the Merit School of Music, “They (Music Students) get higher grades, have improved literacy, and are 24% more likely to graduate. In fact, students highly engaged in music are, on average, academically over one year ahead of their peers!” Therefore, this proves that music students do better academically. In another study it states that, “The value of incorporating music into a child's education cannot be understated. There is a heap of incontestable research showing that an education rich in music improves students' cognitive function and academic performance. Simply put, children learn better when music is part of their school curriculum.” (Damkohler) Who doesn’t want their student to learn better. When music is included in these students' lives these studies prove that they are learning other skills better because of it. Students are also learning skills that they will later use in …show more content…

One of these things is music. “During the admissions process, colleges and universities look for students who ‘stand out’ and who have something to offer to the campus. Music students who have played for at least 3 years in high school ensembles are automatically placed in this category (assuming they have met all other university entrance requirements),” according to Hopkins Jr. High School Instrumental Music Department. When these students are in music it looks excellent on college applications. Your high school wants you to succeed so why not place students in music classes when it looks so good on college applications. Colleges also want you to succeed. “The College Board, the administrator of the SAT Test, identifies the arts (including music) as one of the 6 areas that students should study in order to succeed in college.”(Hopkins Jr. High School Instrumental Music Department.) This is stating directly that colleges want you to succeed and one of the ways to do that is

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