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EPFE 201 Philosophy of Music Education Many people think that music classes get the best students, but actually it is the music classes which create the best students. Since a role model is three to four times more influential than information, it is important that a student’s music teacher is a good influence. It is important that a music teacher is supplied with the proper tools and information, but more importantly is their desire to help other succeed. A good music program can make a significant difference in the success and individual has later on in their life. Students who participate in music education programs constantly perform better in other subject areas than those students who are not involved with music. The Music Educators National Conference, or MENC, believes that every student in the nation should have an education in the arts and their studies have proved that students involved in music are consistently more successful in society, school, developing intelligence and life, than those who are not involved in music (MENC). The skills which are learned with music directly translate over to other subject areas and general study and work habits. When practicing an instrument, a student learns that they need to be in an environment free of distractions with enough time set aside and that they should break their materials down into smaller parts. If a student does these things regularly then they are going to apply this to their study habits by finding a quiet place when they have plenty of time to study and they are going to break the materials down into smaller parts. Students involved in music will also learn that not everything is going to come to them right away and that they are sometimes going to have to work at things to understand them but with enough hard work they can understand anything. Music is made up of numbers, different degrees of reading, and a certain level of physical activity and this improves a student’s math skills, English skills, and even their level of physical activity. A study done on SAT scores
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shows that students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion and 41
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