Music Education – Giving Wings to the Mind
Authored by Dr Ajeenkya D Y Patil, President of Ajeenkya DY Patil University
Music affects the brain and mood in some fascinating and highly scintillating ways. When young children are exposed to a range of musical instruments and various genres of songs along with academics, it enables them to deal with life’s challenges and difficulties much better. This claim is completely backed by several researches and experiments carried out world-wide. Such enhanced educational experiences foster an overall emotional and social wellness in students and it instills several positive traits like patience, teamwork, discipline, respect and empathy, which I believe are the basic skills set required for the future generations.
I also believe that music is more than just an enjoyable hobby – it can go a long way in making the youth of this country a Global Citizen. Music converges people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. A formal education in music, right from adolescence, not only teaches discipline, perseverance, and work ethics, but it also provides for a prosperous career option. What could be better than converting your hobby into a flourishing career and travel the world to learn and experience music from different parts of the globe? Music eliminates borders and hence can lead to a greater social harmony. Every parent would want their kids to develop such social skills and emotional awareness. To top it, if it leads to better academic performances, we have a winning situation here.
Humans are naturally creative and are inclined to music intrinsically. But our current educational system buries these innate skills under the pressure of getting high ranks. The direct co-relation between Music and academics can no longer be ignored. It’s time that school management and policy makers take steps towards making music education an integral part of academics. Music can help achieve all the primary goals of educations – getting better scores in tests, enhancing fluency in reading, developing the creative side and others.
Music can also prepare our kids for the workplaces of 2030. Formal music education is the best way to instill spirituality and empathy in the future generations. This is what I call New Humanities, that is, the skill sets required by humans in the near future.