Why Study the Great Composers?

Posted by Administrator on 4/3/2012 to Homeschooling
Scientific research shows that musical education enhances and develops specific areas of the brain. Understanding sound, spatial relations, mathematics and other advanced concepts is accelerated. Combined with the study of musical history, philosophy, and theory, children so educated will develop strong musical proficiency that will benefit them over their entire lives.

Students who study music and other arts consistently outperform students who have no arts background when preparing for and entering college. Verbal and mathematical skills are consistently stronger and will increase a student’s chance of success in preparing for college and, subsequently, graduating from college. Musical education, in particular, influences a student’s ability to learn in general.

Musical education helps children recognize and appreciate beauty in the world around them. Children with musical background are more sensitive to the their surroundings and discover the aesthetic appeal of music in their every day lives. It also provides the foundation for a richer worship life as they become fully engaged in the musical aspects of worship.

Studying the great composers provides a strong vehicle for inspiring our children to discover their talents and develop them for God. Experiencing the lives and times of the great composers and how their lives shaped their great musical compositions helps children see how their own interests, experiences, challenges and influences can shape the direction of their lives. Seeing timeless music arise from humble beginnings will help them prepare for and aspire to great accomplishments of their own whether they are in the music field or any other endeavor.

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