In what ways does an integrated approach incorporating music into the curriculum strengthen the students' classroom experience?
Integrating music into the student’s other learning can strengthen both the music learning experience and the learning of other subjects. However, if there is not enough time devoted to teaching music it could also weaken the experience.
Music is a universal language. It can be used to teach history, literature, math, and other subjects. Studying the music of a time or place increases our understanding and emotional connection to that time and place. There is a strong connection between math and music, and studies have shown that studying music raises test scores.
Music is like any other subject in that it takes time to learn it. For students to really learn how to understand and play music, there needs to be an extensive amount of time devoted to the study and practice.