Why Music Classes should be required at least through middle school

From early childhood and throughout elementary school, Ladue students are required to take music classes. Many students enjoyed those classes and looked back upon them as fond memories. For some reason when coming to middle school, many of them decide to drop out of music classes in favor of something else. Due to all the benefits that playing music as a kid provides, music classes should be required at least through middle school. 


Numerous studies have shown that practicing and listening to music has a myriad of benefits. These benefits can apply to all facets of life and help prepare students for future endeavors. In studies, it has been shown that music education improves memory, teamwork, problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, and powerful study habits (Jenny Silverstone). Especially for standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT,  music students often have higher scores which further proves its value. 


Even though it is proven music education has many positive impacts on students’ growth and development, it is often viewed as unnecessary and therefore not required in students’ curriculum. And because it is treated as unimportant, students often decide to drop the class. If music was required through middle school, students and parents alike would realize its significance and pursue it more seriously. Another reason why students decide to drop music classes is because they hate practicing. Although practice may feel like a chore, the consistency and perseverance that it instills far outweigh the momentary feeling of boredom. 


Through the requirement of music classes through middle school, not only will students grow and mature, but they will also have fun. Practicing may be tough but when you hit that note or get a complicated rhythm down the joy is indescribable. In conclusion, requiring Ladue students to attend music classes through middle school boosts their chance for a bright future and imbeds lifelong habits.