“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato
The benefits music provides within education are vast and valuable to students. Music can help develop social skills, and it can provide an outlet for creativity that is greatly beneficial for a second level student’s development.
Music can stimulate the mind, with a combination of sounds and lyrics, students are exposed to large amount of vocabulary in a short amount of time. Music is a superb tool for developing memory skills, how often have you heard a song for the first time in years, and you could still recite it word for word? Through catchy melodies and intriguing lyrics, music has a way of sticking with us.
The music course will allow students to analyse composers from Mozart and Beethoven, to Queen and The Beatles. Studies in Film Music and Irish Artists, among many more topics, allow students to investigate areas of music that are integrated into our everyday lives, and highlights interesting features of music which are usually looked over.
This is on top of the skills that come from learning music; rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and tempo to name a few, not to mention the confidence to perform through group engagement. Team work and collaboration are amongst the skills that can be developed from music through group work for composing, and performance, tasks. Through this group work, students develop social skills to value the ideas of others, and learn how to implement them to the task at hand.
Music allows students to have an outlet for creativity, and therefore, creating a different means for personal expression.