My Child Wants to quit Band
I know that many of you might be fighting the battle of making your child practice. Or, the idea of adding another activity your child has to do every night feels overwhelming. It's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but that little bit of daily practice has countless benefits. It may take years before they manifest themselves but your child will be better off because they studied music.
We make our kids practice math. We make them practice reading. We make them eat vegetables. Why, because we love them. We know it is good for them and will make them more intelligent and healthier. Even when they dislike it. The same applies to music.
What your child learned this year in 5th grade music is only the tip of the iceberg and there are so many more exciting musical experiences to be had. Concerts, musicals, jazz band, small group performances, intra-kingdom and overseas music festivals are all opportunities available to your child if they stay in music.
In addition, playing or singing in an ensemble teaches so many skills besides music: teamwork, leadership, persistence, responsibility, and many more. Is your child planning on going to boarding school? Staying involved in a music program all through middle school says volumes to admissions offices. They understand the commitment and dedication it takes to sing or play in an ensemble for several years. These are attributes they want from their prospective students. Research backs all of this up too.
- Students with a high level of arts participation outperform “arts-poor” students on virtually every measure. Based on an analysis of the Department of Education’s database of 25,000 students, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Professor James S. Catterall found that sustained involvement in the arts correlates with success in other subjects and developing positive attitudes about community—both generally and also for children in poverty. The correlation is particularly strong between music and success in math.
- Arts experiences enhance “critical thinking” abilities and outcomes. Students preparing for what former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan described as America’s “economy of ideas,” need an education that develops imaginative, flexible and tough-minded thinking. Researchers at the National Center for Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut found that students involved in the arts were motivated to learn not just for test results or other performance outcomes, but also for the learning experience itself.