Busting the Myth About Music Education
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 14:10
This semester has already been such a crazy ride and being a student majoring in music has definitely been more exhausting than I anticipated. The long hours of practice—and I am not kidding about the hours part—tied in with the strenuous homework on a daily basis––while it being a mental and emotional battle––music education is something that people look down upon.
In comparison, sports have seemed to always take the front seat, while music and arts have always been on the 100th back burner when it comes to education and even respect amongst fellow men and women.
Sports have been said to instill determination, discipline, teamwork, respect and many other admirable attributes. Yet arts just seem to be a waste of time or a stupid form of expression that doesn’t benefit anyone. Sure, sports can help develop an individual into a great human being, I’m definitely not disregarding that by any means, but I feel musicians and artists get a huge lack of respect for what we all do.
Many people aren’t aware of how much music and art influence society and the mind of a person. Art is everywhere on our kitchens, bathrooms, clothing and even those cheesy screen prints that are hanging at your work place.
Without arts, we as people would be lacking luster and any kind of creativity that our human minds can possibly possess. The world would be bland, and I feel that art shouldn’t be overlooked or ridiculed to be something that’s not worth a dime.
Art is even in the elevators we nonchalantly hang around in to get to our destinations! The hours put into creating a painting or even a scarf with a certain kind of yard takes a lot of time, energy and thought process. And let’s not forget the learning process and practicing for perfection!
With that being said, what about music? Go to a grocery store without music playing. How weird would that be? What would TV shows be without the background music or a theme song? Or in that elevator with the cheesy interior, imagine riding in that without that bland elevator music?
We put hours of practice and energy to perfect a piece of music or working on that rock ballad we’ve loved since we were 13 in trying to be successful in communicating an idea. Music isn’t just something that everyone does.
Without those bands that tour yearly, monthly or weekly we would have nothing to do on a Friday night besides sit at home in silence or dance to the air waves in the clubs and bars. Musicians are the life of the party in a background sense. But without that hum to compliment the atmosphere, life would be boring to say in the least. Car rides would just be bland, and I assume people would be emotionless.
Musicians and artists also put a lot of money and time into what they do just as well as athletes, and we’re a pain in our parents’ butts all the same with being at practices and rehearsals on time– when we were younger—as well as now where we call to borrow cash once in a while expecting them to support us 100 percent of the way.
Of course sports are important, and yes, sports instill a lot of great qualities in an individual, but artists, as well as musicians, learn the same qualities possessed by athletes and should be held to a respectable level just the same. Our instructors push us as hard as sport coaches do, and our fellow musicians and artists push us to our limits just as much as an athlete’s teammate does.
Suzy is a junior majoring in music.