Music is Key to Child's Development

Music is Key to Child's Development

Music speaks in a universal language understood by not only humans, but also by plants and animals. It evokes strong emotions in the listeners and influences them in a positive way. Dairy farmers have reported that cows regard music favourably and have been known to produce more milk. Scientific research has shown that even plants are swayed by the sound of music.

In our mythology and folklore, the power of music has been described in great detail. Lord Krishna used to play the flute to round up his family’s cows after the day’s grazing. All of us have heard the story of the Pied Piper, who rid the German village of Hamelin of the menace of the marauding rats and lured them away from the town by playing his magic pipe.

In fact, our day at school starts with a prayer, sung in unison by students. Music is said to create positive energy that has the power to make one alert, energised and ready to take on the day with great enthusiasm. Singing of our national anthem has a similar effect on us. It breaks down barriers between us and makes us feel proud to be citizens of this great country.

Which brings us to the question of whether schools should have music education programs as part of the curriculum. Let us examine the benefits:

To sum up, musical education help students better suited to be a part of the 21st century workforce by encouraging them to be creative thinkers. Students who study music also have highly developed spatial intelligence skills. They are disciplined and can fit into any environment easily. Being part of an orchestra or choir, they understand the importance of teamwork.