benefits of music education

The mission of colibrí music studio and children’s choir is to empower people to create beauty and harmony in their lives and the world through music. Sadly some local school districts are abandoning this critical aspect of a child’s education.  While a knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics is certainly important, it is through the study of the arts that one aquires the emotional vocabulary of the heart. Through performing music, children learn to be expressive and empathetic — more able to connect with their inner selves and those of others. Through the discipline of goal-setting and hard work, children become skillful and confident. Aural discrimination, part-work, memory work, and rhythmic movement train the various parts of the brain to work together as an integrated whole. Similarly, as children work together to solve musical problems, they learn communication, cooperation, and patience. They have a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves.  For all of these reasons we cannot abandon our children’s musical education.

“Music training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul. — Plato

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” — Shinichi Suzuki

“Our schools tend to refine intellects but neglect to discipline emotions. For anyone to grow up complete, music is imperative.” — Paul Harvey

“Music gives us a language that cuts across the disciplines, helps us to see connections and brings a more coherent meaning to our world.” — Ernest Boyer, former President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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