Learning to play an instrument can have a significant impact on human development. From improving social and academic skills to building confidence, nurturing creativity and relieving stress, the benefits of making music are limitless.
Despite its wide-ranging and immeasurable benefits, music education and student participation have decreased dramatically, and music education is routinely undervalued.
In fact, the losses are disproportionate to those in any other academic subject. As schools across the nation struggle with rising costs and shrinking budgets, cutting funding for music education has been a go-to practice for years—a trend that has only intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Music has changed our young people in so many ways. We are an organization that supports adolescents and young adults receiving cancer care treatment. I have seen music help them blossom, open up and express themselves in ways that I am not sure they would have been able to otherwise. In ways I never imagined.
– GCMF grantee