Importance of Music in Schools

Do you think that music is an important aspect in our everyday day school life? Well to begin with, what is music to you as a person? To me music is an amazing and fundamental way of either use for soothing some stress one may retain or simply a way to escape your life of pain and work or other things you may be going through. Either way we all have a reason for listening to music and we can all agree that there is no age limit to listen to music or at least not explicit music for the young kids. The reason why i say music is important is because i tend to see that most schools nowadays don’t really seem to care about music being involved with students in school but i say otherwise.

A reason i consider music a fundamental aspect in schools is because it’s easier to memorize things way faster than writing int down or having to study all night so we can save students’ sleepless nights full on headaches and instead have them practice with soothing music of their own because everyone has a different music taste. If you would like a more rather scientific approach then here it is; Prior research had shown that listening to music that people considered pleasurable increased the release of dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is well known as a “feel good” neurotransmitter. Other research had also shown that dopamine promotes learning to approach rewards, while a deficiency of dopamine promotes learning of punishments. In simpler terms, there is a chemical in the brain that helps you feel better or happy and basically help you interpret things in a more positive and fun way when listening to music. Unlike when you’re studying in a quiet room with a light on trying to remember things it makes either remember what is a possibility of the consequences you could receive if you fail. Another reason why i believe music is important to use while studying or trying to memorize something is because you can absorb the knowledge in a easier and upbeat way to help you feel better towards studying or any other activities you might find boring. For I, in silence am easily distracted by the slightest noise, even by a creak in the floor boards.

School often seems to lack enthusiasm within its walls and bores students because they like to have fun activities but are usually required to do regular, non-entertaining tasks. Now, what some People consider boring can also be very fearful and daunting to them to either present their work in front of their colleagues or the teachers. School is different to everyone but some students struggle with fear and anxiety during school in crowds, presentations, asking questions, etc. Music itself can be a teacher itself by teaching students to be responsible risk-takers because Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential. Music can possibly teach students more about fear such as stage fright and help them be more confident in presenting instead of letting their fear, shyness, or any other doubt they have in their minds but to actually do well for themselves so they can have a better chance of improving.

There is also another similar topic of anxiety, fear, empathy, self-confidence, and emotions to sum it up. In schools students have different views on learning and sitting in class to do work unlike others that may think it is boring and maybe a bit useful in life. Perhaps all they need is a little boost of happiness to make their outlook on school be a bit brighter in the morning than the grey clouds persuade them to be. According to some studies it shows that music can help students emotionally develop more empathy towards other cultures, their peers and staff members instead of being crazy and careless. Also new research shows that even sad music can lift your mood, while other studies suggest music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety. According to recent research from Durham University in the United Kingdom and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, published in PLOS ONE stated that “Even sad music brings most listeners pleasure and comfort.” Music can have many features to aid students academically, mentally, emotionally, and internationally but only if we give music a chance instead of pushing it away. You never know, music could possibly be a game changer.

Red Panda

Red Pandas

Have you ever heard of a Red Panda? It might sound familiar by the popular adorable big bears we all know today as Pandas. Not this time though, these little creatures look like a cat and they resemble the markings of a panda or raccoon. In fact the red panda actually looks like a combination of all three of those animals! These little guys are interesting animals and have an interesting past but also a confusing one. The red pandas have amazed doctors and other people by how far they come and contribute as an animal in the wild or an organism that we can study safely. Sadly but truly not everything with the little creatures is or sounds too great because they are actually endangered. I know it sounds bad but let me inform and help you understand why.

Some of the reasons they are endangered is due to the following things; deforestation, human encroachment, and illegal hunting. A real life situation that I can use as example for human encroachment is the spread of agriculture through the red panda lands and the more we spread out our crops means the less area the red pandas have to live in. For illegal hunting a way that is making the red pandas endangered is that people enter the restricted areas and kill red pandas for fun or to sell red panda fur hat. A cause and effect occurs when human encroachment happens, after that happens then it leads to deforestation and what happens after deforestation is the red pandas are being rid of their homes. With fewer homes to live in and reproduce in we are left with a little population of red pandas which there are only less than 3,000 individuals left in the world.

You might be asking why should we care for red pandas, because for us they just look like other adorable little animals but the truth is that they actually contribute way more than you would think. The red pandas help keep the forests clean and fresh for us. They also provide with keeping fresh water running down stream and oxygen for us to breathe. They may seem like they do nothing but the little creatures maintain the five hundred million people healthy as well as the forest and themselves. The parents of the offsprings of the red pandas already have a hard life of reproduction as it is due to the father giving little to no attention to the baby red panda. Since the father doesn’t do anything to provide help then the mother takes on the duty of caring for the child and must do a variety of tasks in order to prepare the youngster to be out of the tree and on with his/her life.

We are doing little to help out the red panda population but with the little help we have is good enough for now but not for the near future. The WWF is helping out by keeping people away from the area that the red pandas inhabit right now so there is no more deaths of red pandas. There are others helping out these little critters but there are others aiding the situation of the troubles in reproduction of the red pandas. One of the things we are doing to help is taking in some red pandas in captivity and breeding them and once they have enough babies or genetic diversity they release them into the wild for further exploration. So they keep them safe for a while and then release them to repopulate hoping they don’t drop in numbers as individuals. We have to try and save the red pandas because as foolish as we are trying to kill them and say oh they can simply reproduce but no they can’t because we are taking away their homes leaving them on the category of endangerment. We might be bettering ourselves in food supply but then again we are also depriving ourselves of a fresh forest and clean water that these animals produce by just being alive and doing what they need to do. They aren’t dangerous but if they are hungry they will find anything to that it edible and try to eat it as their digestive system is small which only allows them certain meals. So overall the little red pandas are important to five hundred million people and with even more red pandas imagine how much more help they could be if there were more of their populations.