Why Music Education Matters

United Music Academy was created to meet the need for affordable music education in the Eugene/Springfield community. Due to budget restrictions and pressure to focus instructional time on literacy and math, schools have cut back on music and arts curriculum. Our education system has placed such a heavy emphasis on standardized test results that we’ve lost sight of the importance of music and the arts in children’s education.

Music matters. Cutting music may have the opposite effect educators are hoping for – test results may in fact suffer as a result. Studies have shown that music education boosts memory, language skills, spatial intelligence, and in high school students – SAT scores.

But it’s about more than improving academic success. Joining a choir can teach teamwork – all the voices need to blend together in harmony. Music can be relaxing. It can be fun.

Being involved in music can boost confidence, and even bring joy.

Here are a few quotes about music to inspire you:

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

‘Ah, music,’ he said wiping his eyes. ‘A magic beyond all we do here!’ – Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling)

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” – Maria Augusta von Trapp

United Music Academy is offering children ages 4-14 the opportunity to attend one free rehearsal between now and December 8 to see if our affordable, high-quality program is a good fit. Visit our home page for more details.

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Resources: 20 Important Benefits of Music in Our Schools

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