Almost everyone enjoys music in one way or another. Whether it is listening to music or playing music, music is important in everyone’s lives. Despite this nearly universal love for music, some high schools and boarding high schools are cutting the music program from their curriculum. At Wasatch Academy, we understand that music is a great way for students to express themselves and improve academically.
Some boarding high schools have more intensive music programs than others. Most schools offer at least band, orchestra and choir. At Wasatch Academy, we take it a step further and offer high level theory classes and performance classes. We want to make sure our students have all the means necessary to pursue their interest in music. From the study of sound, scales, key signature, time signature, rhythm, chords and dictation, students who study with our music program will be well prepared for college music.
High schools and boarding high schools that choose to cut their music programs are making a mistake. Music provides positive academic side-effects like no other program in the curriculum.
Music Gives Students an Academic Advantage
The music program can help students academically in a variety of ways. Students with early music training develop better language and reasoning skills. Music is a language, it has its own set of rules. Learning this language helps students develop the left side of their brains, making it easier for them to develop language and reasoning skills.
Music can also help students improve their memorization skills and recognize complex patterns. Going over sheet music again and again, not only improves a student’s ability to play that piece of music, but it helps their memorization skills. Memorization is a useful skill in all other studies at boarding high schools. The repetitive nature of practicing music also helps students recognize complex patterns. This repetition helps students with math skills in a fun way.
Statistically, students who study music do better on SAT and ACT tests.
Music Helps Students Contribute in Society
The benefits of music aren’t just academic, but can be social, too. Music programs and boarding high schools keep students engaged in their other class work. We find that our music students become more engaged in other school subjects and they enjoy school more.
Research is finding that students who study music at boarding high schools and public high schools alike, are more likely to contribute and mesh with society. The research also shows that music students are less likely to be burdens on society. Students are less likely to participate in excessive drug use and are less likely to go to jail.
With all the great benefits to students, our music program isn’t leaving any time soon. We would encourage all other public schools and boarding high schools to keep their music programs for the benefit of their students.