Philosophy of Music Education
Early Experiences are Crucial
 

        ​Music education from an early age is crucial for all students because every child possesses musical aptitude and ability. Studying music early in life is particularly important because these young students are at a crucial time in their musical development. Before age 9, a child’s musical aptitude has not yet settled and is still developing. Students’ musical aptitudes can be strengthened by meaningful musical experiences. Therefore, it is imperative that these young children participate in developmentally appropriate, nurturing musical experiences from a trained music specialist .
            Since early exposure to appropriate musical experiences can increase musical aptitude, there can be a profound impact on a student’s future musical achievement and enjoyment. Appropriate musical experiences can actually improve a young child's ability to learn, understand, and perform music throughout his/her lifetime. Hence, children should develop a solid foundation of skills and experiences in singing, moving, listening/responding and creating music early in life. These early musical skills will lay the foundation upon which students can build exponentially.
     Early involvement in music can lay the groundwork to develop deeper and more personal understandings of music. Young students will gain unique knowledge, abilities, and skills that will position them to achieve success in musical endeavors for the rest of their lives by developing singing voices, exploring movement, discovering new ways to listen/respond, and creating unique music. Young children should have access to these many valuable experiences specific to music. Since early musical experiences can have a profound impact on a student’s future success, it s critical that a trained expert in the field provide every young student a meaningful music education.

 

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