For a millions out there, Music is a dream. It is a reflection of your soul, sometimes it gives flight to your imagination. Ask any student how one de-stresses while preparing for an exam, the answer is most likely- listening to music.
In fact Music has been so integral to development, that it lead the great scientist, Albert Einstein to say, "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."
Music certainly has a positive impact to the brain and the overall mood in fascinating and scintillating ways. And there is ample research to prove the benefits, Music has to listeners.
When 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 backed by several researches and experiments carried out world-wide.
Such enhanced educational experiences foster an overall emotional and social wellness in students and they instill positive traits like patience, teamwork, discipline, respect and empathy, which are the basics required for future generations.
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 ethic, but it also provides for a prosperous career option. And what better than converting this very fondness of music as a hobby into a flourishing career.
It certainly would help one travel the world, learn and experience music from different parts of the globe. If you haven't heard that music transcends across borders, then you must check with your colleagues and fellows immediately.
Look at how our Indian music gets enjoyed across the borders. In fact, the great Pandit Ravi Shankar had his fan clubs in Europe and the US.
Music certainly eliminates borders and 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 performance there is a certain win-win.
Humans are naturally creative and are intrinsically inclined to Music. But our current educational system buries these innate skills under the pressure of getting a higher rank.
The direct co-relation between Music and academics can no longer be ignored. It’s time that schools and policy makers take steps towards making Music education an integral part of academics. Music can help achieve all the primary goals of education - 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.
On the occasion of World Music Day, we spoke to students on what music meant to them. And here is a short video.
|Dr. Ajeenkya DY Patil is the President of Ajeenkya DY Patil University.|