Music in Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973, and become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985. Today, National Music in Our Schools Month recognizes the many benefits of music education in our schools, as well as the exceptional educators, students, and programs that make school music concerts and performances possible.
Why is music education so important?
Music provides far more than just simple enjoyment. It is actually proven to stimulate the brain! And, studies show that music improves all areas of academia. So, students who study music also reap a wide variety of academic rewards.
In The Benefits of Music Education, at PBS Parents, author Laura Lewis Brown explains, “Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.” These areas include:
- language development,
- increased IQ,
- spatial-temporal skills, and
- improved test scores.
Further, research indicates that the brain of a musician works differently than that of a non-musician. According to Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University, “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain.”
Making the most of music education in Delaware
Due to budget cuts, music programs are under intense pressure all across America. In Delaware, however, beginner and experienced players are able to continue their love of music at the Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Education Center in Wilmington.
Students of all ages, from beginner to experienced, can learn or improve their skills on a variety of instruments including:
- Brass instruments (trumpet, French horn, baritone horn, trombone, tuba)
- Guitar (acoustic and electric)
- Violin (beginner)
- Woodwind instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax)
About Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc.
Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is the undisputed leader in 1-on-1 tutoring in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania for over 60 subjects. Since 1985, our commitment to a 1-on-1 teaching method has differentiated us from other educational service providers.
We serve the diverse needs of a range of students – from those who simply need some academic support, to those who are learning disabled, hearing or visually impaired, ADHD, gifted, or on the Autism Spectrum including High Functioning Autistic and Aspergers.
And, we offer a menu of services that includes the widest array of educational options in the tri-state area: 1-on-1 tutoring in over 60 subjects, translating and interpreting in 21 languages, speech therapy, occupational therapy, behavior specialists, reading specialists, ELL teachers, homebound services, and psycho-educational testing. In addition, Back to Basics offers exceptional, 1-on-1 test prep for tests including the SAT, PSAT, SAT II, ACT, GRE, PRAXIS, GED, and HSEE. Back to Basics also offers summer school, original credit, and credit recovery, plus unique enrichment options and professional development.
And, Back to Basics operates a unique Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Delaware.