In learning music, students of all ages learn about their own and other cultures and the long tradition of communication that music has provided over the ages among peoples. Music can be a powerful aesthetic and humanizing force in students’ lives. Education in music is essential to every student’s intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth.
Music education in schools provides for the development of musical skills and understanding through experiences in:
- creating, presenting (making music)
- connecting to time, place, and community (historical/social context)
- perceiving, reflecting, and responding (critical response)