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.

 

PhoraOne

Do you know the line yours truly forever? Well with that line is also an album that was released by a popular musician known as Phora. Phora’s birth name is Marco Archer, is a highly talented artist. The way I see his music being placed in is relatable and inspirational. In his music, he speaks about how he came from Anaheim California and wanted to make that area into a known place where he can say a rapper grew up from there. He states that there are many other countries where other musicians come from and started from the bottom but he hasn’t heard one from Anaheim. He wanted to be the one to represent from there and show that he really knows how it’s like to live in a dangerous place unlike others ever did.

 

       The type of music he does is in the category of hip-hop music, well as other rappers like logic, J. Cole, and G-Eazy. What makes a difference is that his style of music is unique and I haven’t seen another rapper with the same style the flow that he has. He spoke about being shot 2 inches away from his spine on his neck with his girlfriend in his car and well with that, it led to him getting hope because his girlfriend was by his side and didn’t leave him. He was glad and he got some understanding behind why his girlfriend was more worried about him than she was about herself during the incident. To Phora the shot that was fired at him was an eye-opener to him in this world. To him that shot made him realize many things that he didn’t appreciate before and now he just appreciates the littlest things even if it’s just stepping outside to take a breath of fresh air. He wants you to understand that the little things you consider almost nothing is actually a blessing to him.

       Why I say here for him is unique in his style of art is because his songs are like stories.  His songs are based on what he feels most of the time and what he thinks is the right way or thing to do in case those situations happen. He said in an interview before that his songs are usually based on how he feels the flow should be instead of just going out and making songs with no meaning. The way Phora decided to make his music is through emotional, mental, and relatable to actually reach out to his fans on a deep level and if they don’t like his music then it’s fine. Phora would rather have his fan base be loyal and support him from the start than being fans who wouldn’t support him in his darkest times. The process he has when making his music is outstanding due to the fact that he turns his emotions into words then to the music we can all relate, or feel too.

 

       Phora isn’t like any other rapper, he shows you in explicit detail on why he does what he does. He is a great person on the track and off it. He’s a believer in many things, religion, god, hell, etc. Religion isn’t going to be his main focus because he tries to please all his fans instead of only focusing on the propel who are like him. Why I say he is a strong believer is because he wrote a song that answers many people’s questions of why he decided to write his music the way he does. In the song “God’s Plan ” by Phora in the album “Angels with Broken Wings,” he states “you don’t believe in god? Explain this they killed my a*s twice and I still lived and all it did was make me famous and appreciate life in ways I couldn’t explain, bullet in my head a few inches from my brain, homie I’m blessed to be alive and still breathing, what’s it gonna take to show these people that I’m here for a reason.” He does believe that he has a reason for being alive because if he had two very near death experiences then to him it opened him up to the world and all acceptance of everything. He thinks we all have a place in this world as well as a purpose. It’s not all about him and other successful people that have a purpose, it’s all of us that have a purpose in this world and no life is a waste even if we can hate ourselves. This is why he is an amazing artist who needs to show us and guide those who are alone and lost in this world because he understands us.

Music Has Logic

Do you know who logic is? In my opinion, he is a very talented musician when it comes to lyrical music. Logic started off his career as a musician in The early 2009 and released an album named young, broke and infamous in 2010. Why I feel like he’s different from other rappers but also similar in certain occasions is because of his style of rap. Sure in the world of music there are various other artists that are similar to him but they aren’t as unique as he can be, when it comes to him it isn’t all about one certain thing to specify on it’s more of a generality than a specific beat or lyrics.

One of the reasons why I believe that logic is one of the best rappers of our time is because of his open personality and perspective on the world today. Usually, modern-day rappers focus on being a gangster or having the best beat but logic is more of an “I look into a lot of what’s wrong with our society nowadays”. Logic released a new album in 2017 that spoke about the troubles in our society and not being able to open up as an individual. He doesn’t focus on a certain subject but instead, he focuses on how we work and how we live in this cycle that we are stuck in. The irony behind it is that we are the ones that created the cycle of misery.

Logit released a song called 1-800-273-8255 is a new album and it surprised me because when I looked up the number and what it meant. It was the national suicide hotline. This really surprises me because I would’ve never thought that a rapper of modern day would ever even consider making this a song and more likely into a title. Sure there are other rappers that focus on this now but what Logic’s purpose was into the industry music was to spread a positive message before he left the game. He thrives in the world of lyrics, he is very spontaneous, wise, and very fluent with what he has to say to Society and he isn’t embarrassed to be who he is because he knows he’s doing good for this world and all his fans. He sought to it before many others can even begin to think about all the problems in the world. He saw this as an opportunity to leave the industry of music and an amazing and positive way. I believe he was trying to leave a legacy behind, to show all those in help or need that they aren’t alone in this world and he knows what’s going on. He isn’t blinded by money and fame. Better yet he is driven by the amount of confidence and support he receives and is able to relate to so many people that others couldn’t.

The thing about logic is that the only way he was ever able to open up about what he thinks and what he feels is wrong about this world is what he’s been through. Logic was able to live in the shoes of many others I thought they were alone but who would’ve known that logic himself was the one that went through that and even worse in some cases. He knows what goes on in society, he knows what some people have to deal in order to survive. Logic is very intelligent and that’s why he is an amazing rapper because he really does bring out the “Rhythm And Poetry” in rap. Logic songs have meanings behind them and in front of them, he is an afraid to show who he is because he knows that he is an alone and many others have faced that same problem in their lives one time or another. His ability to be able to relate to so many people is outstanding because even if we all say we’re different we are actually all similar even if you were a rich, poor or even abused. He knows what it was like to live a life in the poor. He can sympathize with everyone who’s dealt with that.

A reason why I look up to him is that his determination and personality. His perseverance to his future and future kids. Logic surprises me so much because he comes in left and right. What I mean is that he comes up with new ideas and positive ways to cheer up those in need. He tries his very best to please everyone even if it’s in the smallest way. To him, helping people is his purpose in life and to help raise a wonderful family, career, and fanbase. Funny seeing logic being raised in the poor and dangerous, yet look at him now being protective over the ones he cares, care free of whoever disagrees with him. There will always be hate in this world but we just have to learn to accept who we are and if people don’t accept you for that then they don’t deserve you.
“I think that’s another reason why I’m so open-minded, and I really love and respect all colors, creeds, faiths, religions, even though I might have my own personal connection, or whatever that is, with myself. I think it came from that household. I think it was all the negative sh*t that I saw, witnessed, went through, that turned me into the positive person that you see today. And I’m sorry. I know I’m talking a lot. I’m just so excited. A lot of people, they’re always like, “How are you so positive? How are you so positive?” And to be quite honest, it’s in my darkest of times that I am my most positive.“
– Logic