Cello There: The Funny Side of Music Education

Music Education has a whimsical side to it. Music teachers and student musicians get to see the funny in class and rehearsals. Cello There takes all of this and puts it in one place where we can see a new set of Music Education Funnies every weekday by Gregory Pavliv and MusicTeachingGuru.com

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Sports vs Music: Which is More Important?

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Sports vs Music: Which is More Important?

What follows is an experiment for you to complete that can give some perspective about the importance of music education.One of the many benefits of physical education is the aspect of cooperative learning. This is when students learn together, in groups, while fostering peer-to-peer relationships. More experienced students help less experienced students and teams work together to achieve common goals in the different learning scenarios. In sports, this is accepted as one of the great defenses for its importance. People proudly talk about their sports experiences on different teams they played for whether for a middle school Basketball team or an NCAA football team.

And they should be proud. They should be proud of what they accomplished and they know that it is universally accepted that playing on a sports team crafts leaders, team players and develops character. The same can’t be said for mathematics or language arts. And it shouldn’t have to be said. They serve different purposes in our academic lifetimes and prepare us for different skill sets and life paths along the way.

Please indulge me. I’m going to have you read the next two paragraphs which are the exact same as the above two paragraphs. And I’m going to insert music where we were talking sports:

One of the many benefits of music education is the aspect of cooperative learning. This is when students learn together, in groups, while fostering peer-to-peer relationships. More experienced students help less experienced students and teams work together to achieve common goals in the different learning scenarios. In music, this is accepted as one of the great defenses for its importance. People proudly talk about their music experiences in different ensembles they performed with whether for a middle school choir or a college level string orchestra.

And they should be proud. They should be proud of what they accomplished and they know that it is universally accepted that performing in a music ensemble crafts leaders, team players and develops character. The same can’t be said for mathematics or language arts. And it shouldn’t have to be said. They serve different purposes in our academic lifetimes and prepare us for different skill sets and life paths along the way.

Interesting? Think about that for a moment. Did this change your perspective?

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