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Access to music and art for children and youth remains elusive in many regions around the world.
Functional music education encompasses wide learning areas within performing arts, creative arts and culture, including visual arts, verbal arts, movement and dance, music and drama. The implementation of a music curriculum in its entirety is in itself a milestone in achieving well-rounded development of the learner in terms of the social, economic, physical and psychological spheres.
Music education does not stop at the learning of music notation and singing. Group dances and vocal performances can enhance the spirit of unity, co-operation and tolerance. This is achieved especially when students from different social backgrounds rehearse and perform folklore or dances from various traditions, both locally and internationally. Music performance as a verbal and visual art embodies people’s cultures. Music education can be one way of enhancing cultural identity and integration while at the same time guarding against cultural disintegration.
Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development supports them in learning the sounds and meanings of words.
A 2016 study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills. According to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM Foundation), learning to play an instrument can improve mathematical learning and even increase SAT scores.
Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. For children and adults, music helps strengthen memory skills. In addition to the developmental benefits, music brings us joy. Just think about listening to a good song in the car with the window down on a beautiful day.
Adding to our Access To Education programs, and in partnership with Africa Music Festival, we are developing a Music & Arts Forum as a further component to support, discover, and develop existing and new talent in children and youth.