Music Education Resource Center
Welcome to the Heid Music Education Resource Center! This is your one-stop shop for all manner of resources when it comes to music education. Whether you’re looking to research the importance of music education itself or need to learn a bit more about the different instruments that are available to your children, your students or even yourselves, you’ve certainly come to the right place.
Why is Music Education Important?
When it comes to school curriculum, music education is as important a subject as math, science or any of the other heavy hitters. Music education is about much more than just teaching music itself. As with any subject, the music itself is accompanied by important lessons in values that young people should be learning.
For example, a student will have to learn the value of self discipline in order to make the journey through music education. Without self discipline, we cannot take instruction, we cannot accept criticism of our work, we cannot spend countless hours practicing to hone our skills, nor can we take to the stage and perform.
Self discipline is just one of the many values that music education will impart to students. Someone dedicated to their own music education will learn the values of practice, of hard work and of setting goals. They’ll learn the values of self confidence, of teamwork, of humility and, of course, the value of dedication itself.
Music education impacts cognitive ability as well! Information from the Music Educators National Conference in 2002 showed that students that were involved in music programs at public schools scored 107 points higher on the SATs than students with no musical background(1). Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas published a study in 2007 that showed students that came from an elementary school with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent and 20 percent higher in English and math, respectively, on standardized tests(2).
All of this and more can be a product of music education, but this is just one argument for why music education is important. Utilizing the resources on this page, we’re sure you’ll be able to find many more answers to this very important question.
Why Enroll in Instrumental Music?
All facets of music are incredible and important, but joining the band or orchestra can provide even more of the benefits we’ve already talked about on this page to a young mind. Solo musicianship is great, but being part of a team like one would be by enrolling in band or orchestra creates a community and atmosphere in which one can grow while fostering values like teamwork and so much more, as the links in this section will help you understand.
Learn More About Instruments
Not every instrument is for every musician, but the number of instruments one can learn is so abundant that every musician should be able to find at least one. The links you’ll find in this section will help you learn all about the numerous instruments one can learn, practice and master by enrolling in band or orchestra.
How Does Music Education Affect Health?
In addition to the core values music education can impart to young minds, it is proven that listening to music, playing an instrument and other music-related activities can all have a positive impact on health and your brain. From reducing stress anxiety to improving cognition and so much more, the links in this section will provide deeper insight into these impacts and effects, giving you even more reasons why music education is so important.
Virtual Music Education Resources
One does not need a physical classroom to further their music education. If you want to continue imparting the knowledge of music education in a virtual setting, there are all sorts of resources at your disposal. The links in this section will help get the right tools in your hand to keep teaching music even from a distance.
Calling all Directors!
We want to help you be successful with having students join band, and be your partner for all things musical. Take a look at our Director Resources for tips on how to prep for next year, learn about fun programs Heid Music has to promote music in our schools, and more!