Why Choose Music Education for a Career?
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
People with a passion and background in music and an enthusiasm for the art of teaching are perfect candidates for a career in music education. Teachers nurture the minds and spirits of their students, regardless of the subject taught. Musical teachers, whether for chorale or instruments nurture not only the minds of their students, but foster their innate creativity just waiting to be harnessed.
Over the last few decades, studies have shown that music helps improve memory by stimulating the brain in ways only music can. Music programs encourage discipline, increase motivation, and spur creative juices, regardless of age. In a 2011 study conducted by Moreno, Freisen, and Bialystok, 60 children were studied over a 20 day period. Divided into two groups, those children assigned to a training program with musical arts showed significant advancement in reading skills, as opposed to those that were not exposed to musical arts.1 As a music teacher in early education programs, teaching music to a young child not only gives them a creative outlet, but creates a path for improved literacy, and a healthier educational future.
Music education careers are not limited to primary schools. People who choose music education as a career can have a plethora of options available to them after graduation. Whether the teacher’s passion leads them to young children, middle school, high school, or collegiate levels, both private and public school administrators are realizing the benefits of music education for their students long term growth.
Individuals that have focused on a music education degree can also choose to teach private classes for any age. More and more adults are picking up instruments from their childhood or starting for the first time their creative passion for music. The 2005 study “Playing a Musical Instrument Reverses Stress on the Genomic Level”; found stress levels in adults significantly decreased with group musical lessons.2 In the first hour of this two-hour study, adults were given a frustrating puzzle that induced stress. In the second hour, the group was divided into three groups. One of the groups continued the frustrating puzzle; another group was encouraged to read magazines or newspapers, and the last group took part in a group keyboard musical activity. The findings indicated that the group that took part in the musical activity reversed stress more quickly than the other two groups. Music education professionals can help change adult lives with their skills and talents and help in managing stress as a vital part in staying physically and mentally healthy;
A career in music education marries a passion for teaching and artistic talent. Music lessons induce inspiration, settle the soul, evoke emotion, and foster creativity. Students of all ages and backgrounds benefit from musical education.
1Moreno S., Friesen D. & Bialystok E. 2011. “Effect of Music Training on Promoting Preliteracy Skills: Preliminary Causal Evidence.” Music Perception.
2Cathering Pocock. (2005, February 2). “Playing a Musical Instrument Reverses Stress on the Genomic Level.” Medical News Today.