The band programs give students the opportunity to grow musically, socially, and academically. Students develop an appreciation for music through musical performance and the study of harmony, scales, and rhythms. Band instruction emphasizes posture, breathing, embouchure, fingerings, counting, music reading, and overall tone production.
Music education is also a great way to enhance reading comprehension abilities in children. A study which was also conducted at Northwestern University, found that students who actively participated in music classes had better speech processing abilities along with higher reading scores than children who were not involved. Reading is an important skill for all children to develop because it is needed for all subjects. Even subjects that are not related to English literature will involve reading. For example, math word problems require excellent reading comprehension abilities to answer them correctly.
Another reason music education is so important is that it integrates so many subject areas all at once. Not only will music education allow children to develop their musical skills, it will also give them the opportunity to work on their math skills, reading and writing skills, science skills, and history knowledge. For example, time signatures in music are an excellent way to incorporate fractions, and lyric analysis and songwriting will allow students to work on their reading abilities.
Additionally, having discussions about how instruments work will involve information on the physics of sound, and learning about music’s place in society will shine a light on important historical events.