Failing To See The Importance Of Music History

The importance behind exposing kids to music from an early age has been validated and supported by neurological analysis of children who were exposed to music before the age of four. While spatial reasoning is improved by an early exposure, the cerebral cortex too is greatly stimulated when the listener hears beautiful sounds. That’s all with exposure only and not even teaching music history or other contents of music learning.

Music fathoms expression in most primitive forms. Children like making noises and sounds. If while teaching history they are taught how to make rhythmic sounds, what produces good sounds and how to identify a good sound, then the importance behind learning music could be sufficiently built up in them.

Music could enhance other subjects in school. A music class could perform as an enrichment class. Besides, reading music helps in familiarizing students to letters, which in turn, helps them to develop a habit of reading. With every genre of music like romantic, baroque, classical etc. having their own regional and historical characteristics, teaching music history throws up information about composers, lyricists and singers from these genres. With electronic media making stamping its presence in every household, students’ minds are often saturated with songs that even adults can’t decipher. Music history teaching often leads to learning songs with simple lyrics.

There are several individuals who fail to understand the importance of teaching history of music to children. Worse still, they see no reason behind including music in a school curriculum. However, majority of those possessing such a notion can’t consciously understand living without music. Numerous administrators see music as some co-curricular activity, overlooking its crucial ingredients.

However, care needs to be taken to see that these classes don’t end up being long lectures with sleepy-eyed students yawning. Make it palatable with inter-spread games and quizzes.