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Music Education Budget Consideration: Keeping Students Engaged, Motivated, & Present

In a previous post, we featured a video interview of Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee School of Music in which he articulated why music education belongs in public schools. He stressed that the most important element of effective learning is a motivated student:

“If you care about people doing well academically, being prepared for careers, and having a successful life, the number one thing that you need to do is find something that gives them energy, that lights them up, that makes them feel animated. A sullen student sitting in a classroom being drilled on Algebra isn’t going to happen.”

Brown stresses that music is often the conduit that opens the student up to the concept of learning.

In my research for the book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, Bob Massie, CEO of Marketing Informatics echoed those sentiments when reflecting on his own academic experience:

“Music just completely filled my life,” he stated. “That was life in the small town. I did school just because that’s what you were expected to do, but I did it only as an obligation. Every waking moment I wanted to be involved in music someplace.”

It would seem that the “student motivation/effectiveness of learning” argument alone, as expressed by Brown, would justify funding of music education programs. Massie’s sentiments take it a step further – consider that in many cases, we might lose students altogether if we don’t provide the programs that energize them about participating in school at all.

It is worth noting that Massie’s company has been recognized in Inc. magazine as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies on several occasions and has been recognized for outstanding achievement by the Harvard School of Business, The Kelley School of Business, and the Indianapolis Business Journal.

 

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Why Music Education Belongs in Public Schools

This brief video interview with Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music, articulates so many of the key reasons that music education in our schools is important. Interesting ideas that we also articulated in Everything We Needed to Know About Music, We Learned Playing Music include:
– The importance of finding ways to motivate students if we want to effectively educate them
– The idea that many students that don’t respond well to traditional education assessments often have exceptional talents
– Roger uses the term that it is “criminal” that we can’t make music educators available to students, a thought echoed by S. Neil Vineberg in the book.