Music is a form of life that has a variety of purposes; even the human mind cannot comprehend them all. It should be considered a need but because of the economy and its hardship it has bestowed upon people, when school budgets tighten, music programs feel the pressure early and brace for a potential beating (Jennings). Our education system should allow children to express themselves through efficacious learning experiences, giving them the opportunity them to get in-touch with, and strengthen, their creativity (Lim and Chung, Sunderman 60, Terrance). There is no doubt other programs include this, but when it comes to music, people question its ability and it is often considered “not cool.” Without music in our education programs, children are mislead and cheated from their futures (Music 110), and the focus wanders towards the opposing spectrum. We need musical instruction because it can play an important role in brain development, help meet academic success, preserve the past, and most importantly, provide opportunities to build our character in a positive, and meaningful, environment, even through the hardship which will strengthen the need for this education stability.Music teaching is an important aspect that music educators believe is important to the brain development of a child (42). This is displayed in recent behavioral studies and the neurological research that links the study of music to brain development. In early childhood, motor and auditory skills are developed from musical training just after fifteen months (Hyde, Music 50), and the cerebellum has been found to work balance and muscle coordination, also noted for its involvement with interpreting rhythm (Holden), the life and blood of music. The cerebellum has…
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