What do some of the countries perceived as “most intelligent” have in common? They all put heavy emphasis on arts education, expression and recreation in the early years. Eastern countries and individualised civilisations have lost the ability to maintain strong artistic education for their children. Some western civilisations fail to see the benefits of arts in education and the budget for the arts in schools has never been sufficient enough to make those subjects a priority. Although music education is one where participants show clear evidence of benefits in all areas of life, it is also one of the more expensive subjects to be made readily available for students to learn.
The minimal exposure to music education in schools and curriculum has forced parents to take on the financial burden of integrating music lessons into their child’s routine. Music courses should not be based on an economic constructs but realistically, they are often limited to those who are of a middle to high class. Curriculums fail to place enough value on learning music and the overflow of benefits that children will gain from music education. Those who can afford to attend schools that provide music education are still lacking in the quality, amount of time and experienced guidance they should be receiving to be successful. The classroom environment and little access to materials renders many students with little to no music education at all.
You may want to choose to integrate arts into your regular schedule if you want to increase the health of yourself and those around you. Children who are raised in environments that place emphasis on the arts are known to be more creative and intelligent throughout their lives. Don’t expect your curriculum to give you all the education you need in life because you may be missing out on an artistic experience that could really change your life – or your children’s.