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Shared Story: Marena’s Story

Posted by Marena Scott on Thursday, February 21, 2013

I’m a music education major at Appalachian State University. Obviously music education has meant a lot to me since I’ve decided to pursue it as a career. My first experience with music education was in elementary school when we would learn group songs and learn to play various instruments. Through elementary music I learned early on about many cultures, historical events,  religions, and languages. Music class was the time of week I looked forward to most, where I could express myself and learn at the same time. When I reached middle school I was able to be in chorus. This was so exciting to me because singing was one of my favorite things to do. My teacher inspired us to really try hard in chorus and exposed us to many different genres of music. The fact that she motivated us to try hard made me see positive results in my singing and musicianship. The effect of that was that I started trying harder at everything in school. I worked so much harder in my other classes and my grades went up, I tried harder in P.E. and cheer leading and my skills improved and I got into shape. Music can teach you many of the skills you need to be successful in life. My high school chorus teacher was the person that really inspired me to want to keep music in my life for the rest of my life. She was so passionate and loved what she did so much that she drew students to music like no teacher I have ever seen. She connected music to all the subjects, showed her students she really cared about them, and above all made us appreciate the beauty of music. It wasn’t until I was in her class that I really began to understand the significance of music in schools. The chorus class was a place where we could all come and express ourselves and relieve the problems of the day while still working hard on the music. This is because music is a form of therapy for many people, whether they realize it or not. Think of what life would be with out music. Think of your favorite scene in your favorite movie. Chances are the music in the background was what helped elicit the emotional response that it creates in you. Think of what it would be like if the music was absent from that movie. Now think of what would happen if music was absent from school. It’s something I hope never happens. The singer Jewel said, “Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think it’s essential to being human.” I agree with this, I think music education is essential in our school system, and for me, and so many others, it made all the difference.