Why music education must be saved (and what you can do about it)

MUST-inspired classroom.

MUST-inspired classroom.

If you’ve been a fan of Silicon Valley Rocks since 2008, you’ll know a bit about Music in Schools Today, the organization that benefits from this fundraiser. If you are new to the event and  not too familiar with the issues surrounding music in education today, read this recent article from the New York Times titled “Is Music the Key to Success?” This article basically sums up my view on why music is so prevalent among the tech folk and why music education is as important as any STEM (science, tech, engineering, and math) curriculum. The article mentions a great number of very successful people who believe music has helped them, from Condoleeza Rice to Roger McNamee.

Consider the qualities these high achievers say music has sharpened: collaboration, creativity, discipline and the capacity to reconcile conflicting ideas. All are qualities notably absent from public life. Music may not make you a genius, or rich, or even a better person. But it helps train you to think differently, to process different points of view — and most important, to take pleasure in listening.

Our vision is that every child should have a chance to play, sing or create music. What might start as an exercise to learn the alphabet or the names of the 50 states, could become a life-long hobby or professional career.

MUST advocates for, supports and develops integrated, accessible, sustainable and measurable music-in-education programs that improve student achievement. Their work helps teachers teach in different ways and helps expose children, from Head Start to high school, to the joy of music and all the learning it brings. We hope you can join us at Silicon Valley Rocks, and support our mission.