By TONY McCLURE
It is a common occurrence in many school districts today that when a school cannot balance a budget, it looks to drop a program. This program serves as a scapegoat for the school’s problems, sometimes falling on the music department. Basically, music is the reason for American public school failures. Instead of dropping gym or other worthless curriculums, music programs are deemed nonessential. There are several reasons why this happens and why this needs to be stopped.
First of all, music is an art form that is used virtually every day.
Music can communicate feelings or emotions in ways that other art forms cannot do. Music goes beyond poetry in that a listener is subjected to two forms of literature — poetry and music. The music and the poetry together can connect deep feelings of emotion between the listener and the artist that few other forms of art can hope to do.
However, music can survive without words. Music is universal. Sure, there are instruments from other countries that might be used only in their native land, but as rock music in the late 1960s to the early 1970s taught the public, different instruments from different countries can mix to form great pop songs.
So how does this tie in with music programs in schools? Music can communicate in ways that other subjects cannot.
I recently came upon the Web site, coyotecommunications.com. This site offered information on why music should be taught in schools no matter what: “Music education helps young minds to develop creativity and expression of emotions.