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Music Education & History Resources for Teachers

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Oct 10, 2012 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 0 Comments

Music participation plays a huge role in education. It prepares students for higher learning by stimulating every facet of their mental and physical faculties. Music teachers direct students to listen and hear in new ways. Students who participate in music education develop a stronger sense of aural discrimination. For instance, playing instruments teaches students about sequential learning, an important skill in reading comprehension. Music heralds as the foremost instrument for education, according to Plato. Music teachers from all over the world agree with this statement. In fact, recent research has revealed that music stimulates both sides of the brain, which makes it invaluable educational tool. It causes the student's brain to grow academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Music requires teaching and learning to fully understand its concepts. Nobody can pick up an instrument and instantly start playing it, unless they have a very special gift. Therefore, the majority of people need take music lessons. According to a recent study conducted by the University of California, music induces higher forms of thinking in children. The researchers evaluated the mathematical performance of second graders who had taken music lessons. As a result, these students scored 27 percent higher on proportional math and fraction tests students who had not received special musical instruction. These studies show that students develop their cognitive ability quickly when exposed to music theory.

Music develops coordination by challenging students to sing and maintain a rhythm. It also requires students to keep their physical bodies in shape in order to blow air into a flute, saxophone, or trumpet. Music also wires a child's brain to express his or her emotions freely. It can also instill a sense of life that will they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Music education enables students to develop their personalities and grants them the freedom to enjoy learning without staring down at a book. The practicality of music can teach students to appreciate the application of academic learning outside of the classroom. The hands-on aspect of music makes it an enjoyable learning experience that builds an applicable skill in the real world. While basic academic courses teach students about the real world, music enables them to physically practice what they learn inside of the classroom. In addition, they learn the importance of teamwork when playing an instrument in an orchestra or signing in a choir. If one person misses their chord, the entire ensemble goes haywire.

Music teachers have a fun and rewarding job; however, it takes great discipline to direct a student towards success in their academic endeavors. Music teachers must possess adequate leadership abilities, integrity, and excellent interpersonal skills when working with their students. Students depend on their teachers to introduce the right information when learning new material. Therefore, teachers must conduct research, devise a syllabus, form a presentation, and engage the class in learning music. Teachers can accomplish all of this by reading over teacher guides, lesson plans, modules, activities, quizzes, and tests that will help them to teach and evaluate the student's progress in music education.

Follow this comprehensive list of music education resources for teachers to get some ideas for future lesson plans and activities:

Music History


Music Theory

Music Ensembles




Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer worked as a GED teacher for an adult education nonprofit for two years. Her students came from all walks of life, and ranged in age from sixteen to sixty-eight. During that time, she became knowledgeable about the unique needs of non-traditional and adult learners. She counseled hundreds of students about their higher education options, including online degree programs.

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