Why Pakistan Needs Music Education
Music education could offer our children the opportunity to engage in a global community
Music plays a central role as a catalyst for emotional and personal development. The pleasure of playing and listening to music is not a selective gift of privilege but a fundamental human desire capable of inspiring excellence and uniting an international community. Music, as such, can be seen as a guiding norm to regulate and illuminate all the activities of our existence. In other words, the essence of music is that all human beings, regardless of ethnic origin, nationality or culture, are universally sensitive to music and, at some level and in some way , able to make music. While by learning to play a musical instrument, students gain knowledge about musical scores from different cultures, they also become proficient in a language that is understood around the world.
The ability to communicate and value people, in general, with very diverse cultural upbringings, is very essential for the global economy; which is actually a difficult skill to teach. The music creates a medium for such an exciting exchange. Music students learn to read musical notation and play musical instruments or sing and are skilled in comprehension and comprehension to play music with other musicians without language boundaries. Music thus becomes an essential vector of peace and empathy. Music education offers students the opportunity to work with students from all over the world. This will further strengthen our young people’s ability to listen to other global communities and different cultures. More importantly, music also becomes a means of learning and valuing their own culture and history. This is essential as it can prevent the degeneration of the value of a society’s culture and history.
Playing a musical instrument is based on knowledge; it is done through a process of reflection. It is not possible to separate action from thought. It is a mode of active knowledge. Instead of expressing knowledge verbally, the musician performs his knowledge. This knowledge is only available to performers and not to listeners; therefore, playing music is such a challenge, which develops in all dimensions as the individual learns to play. Composing music is a source of constructive knowledge and therefore of pleasure and fulfillment as it offers progressive levels of challenge and ways to improve one’s skill through music education.
Evidence suggests that music education is strongly correlated with success in other academic fields in terms of later financial success. Learning music takes discipline, from practice time to performance. Along with the discipline needed to learn music, a child develops good habits and keeps them away from unwanted activities. Moreover, the simple joy of practicing music encourages students to excel in school. Scientific studies also link music education to brain development and suggest that an “enriched, iterative, skill-building music program” improves math and reading achievement in toddlers. Other research results published in peer-reviewed journals also show that children who were behind the group average caught up in reading and outperformed their peers in math.
Additionally, sustained study of music is also beneficial for older children and young adults. Music students have been shown to have higher reading scores than students in other groups such as chemistry, biology, and math. It may also seem surprising that music students do better than even English majors on a reading test; The reason for this surprising result is that the process of studying music teaches students to carefully observe musical symbols and interpret those symbols for meaning. Additionally, a survey in the United States assessed the impact of music education on SAT scores. Math scores on the SAT improved by 41 points and verbal scores improved by 57 points for students who benefit from a music education (the SAT often acts as the gatekeeper to higher education).
Overall, music education is believed to provide tremendous benefits to society in a wider sense and nurtures the child. Music education should be introduced into our educational system, considering the positive impact of music education on school performance and brain development. Music could be the magic wand that could inspire students to excel in other aspects of their lives. Music education could create a strong platform for global citizenship using a universal language that has the power to inspire and unite. Music education could offer our children the opportunity to engage in a global community and should be seen as an essential part of education.