Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing it, or playing it on an instrument. While Geary County Schools offers music education in every school, many other schools around the United States are having to do away with their programs. These schools are not only losing out on an enjoyable subject but a one that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits to students.
- Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons (Arete Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014).
- Regardless of socioeconomic status, students (3rd graders) who participate in high-quality music programs score higher on reading and spelling tests (Hille, Katrin, et al. “Associations between music education, intelligence, and spelling ability in elementary school.” Adv Cogn Psychol 7, 2011: 1–6. Web. Accessed February 24, 2015).
- Schools that have music programs have an attendance rate of 93.3% compared to 84.9% in schools without music programs (The National Association for Music Education. “Music Makes the Grade.” The National Association for Music Education. Accessed February 24, 2015).
While there are musical opportunities in the schools, there are also opportunities for students to experience music in the community. The Junction City Arts Council hosts Brown Bag Concerts in the Spring. These concerts are at Heritage Park on 6th & Washington Street in Junction City, May 3, 2017, and May 10, 2017. These are free to the community.
Photographed is a musical performance by Ware Elementary students during this year’s production of Willy Wonka.