What is Music Education?

Margo Upson

Music education encompasses the teaching of all things music-related. It includes music history, theory, and research, as well as voice and instrumental lessons. Music education is important, as it can improve a student's academic abilities and social skills while encouraging a love and respect for music that can last a lifetime.

Music education usually covers a variety of instruments and styles.
Music education usually covers a variety of instruments and styles.

The history of music is an important part of music education. It involves learning about not only classical music pieces but also the musicians who wrote them. The history of composition, instruments, and types of music are also studies as part of music history. Learning how music has grown and evolved throughout thousands of years is important to understanding the way music is today.

Children often begin their music education using musical toys.
Children often begin their music education using musical toys.

Another important aspect of music education is music theory, or the study of the mechanics of how music works. Intervals, chords, and composition types are all a part of music theory. Students learning music theory will be better able to analyze music, whether it is modern popular music or more classical pieces, by being able to pick up on the methods used to write the music. Music theory also teaches students how to write and notate music.

Music education students are required to perform at recitals.
Music education students are required to perform at recitals.

Learning a musical instrument has been proven to help students to excel in other subject areas, such as math, and vocal training, available in choirs, music classes, or as private lessons, can help a student with public speaking and improved speaking habits. Both can help a student to learn foreign languages easier. Students can learn how to read notes, self-discipline, creative thinking, and problem solving, as well as improve their social skills.

Music education usually starts when children are very young, learning kids' songs, and playing on toy instruments. As they get older, many children take instrument lessons, or participate in school choirs. Music classes are also usually available. There are also several degree options for those who wish to take music courses at the college level. Students of music programs can become professional musicians, music educators, or studio technicians, amongst other things.

There are many careers available in music education. Some choose to teach in schools, teaching students how to play instruments, sing, or both. School music educators are often involved with the production of musical plays, and prepare students for concerts and competitions. Others may choose to offer private lessons. There are careers available as a college professor, or even as an administrator at a music school. Individuals who enjoy working with young children may enjoy starting a career as an educator and performer, doing shows to teach children about music, through songs, stories, and hands-on play.

The opportunity to learn and appreciate music is something that everyone should experience. Music education is important, but there are many places where is not taught due to financial or time restraints. Encouraging school districts and community members to support music programs in schools can give students a chance to experience music, and all of the benefits of music education, for themselves.

Music education can improve a student's academic abilities.
Music education can improve a student's academic abilities.

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Discussion Comments


Sunny27- I agree. Music education offers so much to children. It makes children blossom in ways that other subjects do not.

For example, a shy child with musical talent that performs in front of a group of her peers receives immediate applause and instant gratification that raises the child’s self-esteem.

This validation if promoted often can rid the child of self-esteem issues and create an increase love of music. I can not image a school without music education and we should not allow a school district to cut the funding for music or even art. But offer substantial benefits to children.


Good article, I agree that music education enriches a child’s education and makes them better-rounded. Children, creative by nature, love exploring music.

Playing instruments offers an additional layer of music appreciation for children. Children learn that each note offers a specific sound much like when reading each word offers a combination of sounds. By playing instruments and singing in a choir a child learns how music develops and subsequently acquires a more profound interest in it.

Music like all arts programs should remain a staple of a child’s academic experience. Children should not be without their music education ever.

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