Why Study Music

We believe that music is an essential part of the human experience and everyone is musical, has a need for musical expression, and that music develops humans in very unique ways. 


What Music Can Do to You

Creativity:  Music allows us to unleash our creativity in re-creation (interpretation) and in music creation (composition). 

Artistry:  Musicians seek to find unique ways to bring beauty into the world through sound.

Expression & Communication:  Music is unique in that ideas and emotions are communicated in sound—not necessarily with words.  Attentiveness to sound increases our ability to understand others and clarify our own communications. 

History & Culture:  Studying music allows us to understand other cultures and places in an intimate way.  We learn about the complex relationships between composers, society, music, and ideas.

Discipline:  Music lessons teach us the value of consistency and persistence. 

Independence:  Students develop an ability to learn on their own.

Collaboration:  Musicians learn the value of teamwork when working in groups (ensembles). 

Problem-solving:  Musicians learn to solve problems.

Efficiency: Musicians develop plans for learning new music in the shortest amount of time.

The Pursuit of Personal Excellence:  Music study encourages us to pursue the highest standards for ourselves.

Metacognition: In studying music we learn how to learn.  This can be highly individualistic.

Courage:  Performing in front of others takes a tremendous amount of courage.  Each time we perform in front of others we are taking calculated risks. 

Kinesthetic Awareness:  Musicians learn to become highly aware of their physical bodies as they develop efficient practice and performance strategies.

Science:  Yes, scientific concepts are part of learning music!  Some of the things we learn about include acoustics in the various ways that produce sound, anatomy and physics in how to use our bodies most efficiently, biology and chemistry in how our bodies respond to various stimuli, and psychology in learning about performance and learning strategies.

Appreciation:  “Appreciation” is a general word to indicate a non-judgmental contextual understanding of something.  In studying music, we learn that all music has purpose an value. 

Critical Analysis:  Critical analysis occurs as we practice each piece of music.  We seek to understand what unifies the piece, what elements are expected, and what is unique or extraordinary. 

Honesty:  Our critical analysis continues as we uncover our strengths and weaknesses as learners and performers.  We learn to become honest with ourselves.

Compassion:  The honesty we encounter as we become critical of ourselves carries through to working with our peers.  In understanding the joyful complexity of making music, we learn to treat others with respect and kindness.

IS IT ANY WONDER THAT SO MANY LAWYERS, DOCTORS, SCIENTISTS, AND OTHER GREAT THINKERS AND LEADERS WERE ALSO GREAT MUSICIANS?


Benefits of learn Music

1. Joy of Music

Music fills people of every age with enthusiasm, fascination, and enjoyment in the world around them. It can be one of the most influential factors in an individual’s life, and can be a catalyst for the passion and commitment that inspires people to meaningful contributions in the wider world.

2. Discipline

The Music Development Program’s progressively leveled system cultivates discipline through its balanced, consistent, and comprehensive series of assessments. By managing their time and setting achievable goals, students learn how to assess their own needs for preparation and can work actively and effectively for success.

3. Focus

In learning to focus on the different aspects of their preparation in lessons and at home, students engage in a high level of concentration and understanding of how to consistently meet goals.

4. Working with Others

One of the greatest benefits of musical training and experience is learning how to work with others. Students respond to their teachers, the encouragement of their parents, and interactions with their peers. Through consistent preparation and assessment, the Music Development Program fosters listening and understanding.    

5. Creativity

Students in the Music Development Program learn to generate original ideas and approaches, how to evaluate consequences, and to build on early experiences in their efforts to improve and realize their potential. The Music Development Program fosters creativity, innovation, and personal development.

6. Self-Awareness

As students prepare for Music Development Program assessments, they learn to monitor their thoughts and actions. The guidance offered by teachers and adjudicators helps participants to develop personal strategies for lifelong success.

7. Self-Confidence Through Achievement

The Music Development Program encourages students to take pride in their work and their achievements, and instills an appreciation of quality. Preparation for an assessment at any level requires students to follow directions, apply themselves, and celebrate personal excellence.

8. Self-Regulated Learning

Preparation for assessments through the Music Development Program promotes self-regulated learning and independent thought, which in turn nurtures inquiring and analytical minds that venture far beyond the world of music.

9. Experiential Knowledge

Students preparing for the Music Development Program learn to draw from previous experiences to solve problems and develop strategies for success. The assessment itself and the adjudicator's comments add to overall development and understanding.    

10. Motivation Through Goal Setting

Students in the Music Development Program aspire to a high standard. This process of structured and goal-oriented study, recognized success, and ongoing growth is invaluable to students’ continued motivation and participation.

11. Identity

The aspirational aspects of the Music Development Program allow students to feel connected to a larger network of people participating in music. Active student engagement from the very beginning instills a sense of responsibility for preparation, process, and purpose in their studies.

12. Excellence

The pursuit of continuous improvement and the recognition of achievement are the essence of the Music Development Program. Participation in assessments at any and all levels guarantees that students will have the tools they need to pursue, achieve, and uphold excellence in every area of their lives.

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