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students journey through the educational system should fully prepare


them for a successful and fulfilling life. Music education is an essential part of
making that happen. Through music, students can find a way to express themselves
and create something they are proud of, bolstering their self-esteem and giving
them the self-confidence they need to thrive in life. From an early age, music
students are immersed in new cultures and understanding people and places they
have never experienced first hand. At the same time they are able to connect more
deeply to the culture they experience every day through music. Not only does music
make students more worldly, but it also enhances their ability to become life-long
learners.

To ensure that all students have access to a full education, music should be
started right at the first level of schooling. There are many ways to study music and
all of them should be made available to students. Beginning with a basic general
music class then graduating to such courses as band, orchestra, choir, theory,
history, and jazz. Because music can be so personal, students should be able to gain
fundamental knowledge in the subject and be encouraged to pursue music through
whatever means they choose as they progress through school.

An accomplished music educator is essential to an enriched music program.
The teacher must be punctual and prepared. The teacher must also have a thorough
knowledge of the subject matter and be able to teach in many ways in order to
connect with all of the students. The teacher must be able to create a safe
environment in which the students can learn and create freely. Lastly but most
importantly, the teacher has to be committed to music and passionate about passing
on their knowledge to the students.

Students of all ages and abilities should have equal access to music education.
Music has so much to offer at every level, and every student should be able to
experience it and live up to his or her full potential. Every student must be given the
opportunity to experience, create, and explore through music.

Formal music classes should be offered at least 2 times a week, with 30-
minute classes for grades k-3 and 50 minute classes for grades 4-6. At the middle
and high school levels, music should be offered alongside other curricular classes,
with the same time requirements. Students would also benefit from music being
incorporated into other academic areas; this would not only cement their
knowledge in the music field but would also help them connect with other concepts
such as history, math, and English.

The ideal music classroom has a long laundry list of necessary tools. The
most basic room should have a piano, a whiteboard, and a way to play digital music.
Without these tools, the students will not have the basics to build from. In addition
to this, a music classroom should have a variety of instruments such as basic
percussion, guitars, and recorders. A way to record sound, and relevant textbooks
are also essential. Classrooms should be provided with basic instrument
maintenance tools, computers, and well-maintained storage areas for literature and
equipment.