Shout if from the rooftops; MUSIC ENHANCES LIFE… Wait, is this something new? It seems that there a constant struggle for music validation amongst the mainstream lifestyle. Interestingly, there is a current societal stigma that seems to suggest that music is something that should be learned “if you have time”. Three decades ago we resolved to incorporate music as part of family, community and neighborly involvement. At the early part of the 1990’s, with the technology boom, our focus seemed to shift to playing with the technology. Conclusively, it seems that are focus has completely enlisted in the perceived of other endeavors, leaving music to be an “extracurricular” activity.
In a comparative survey of nearly one thousand pupils across ten schools in Finland, Päivi-Sisko Eerola and Tuomas Eerola, doctoral students at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, measured and compared the quality of school life for students with and without extended music classes at Year 3 and Year 6 (ages 9 and 12 years old).
Their research uncovered significant differences between the two groups, with those who experienced longer music lessons rating the quality of school life higher in a majority of factors, particularly in areas related to general satisfaction about the school and a sense of achievement and opportunity for students.