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8 Things Music Teachers Want You To Understand

8 Things Music Teachers Want You To Understand

Music was integral part of learning for every child in America for decades. Classrooms featured pianos and learning songs made school a fun place to be. Many students looked forward to showing off their talents and performing in concerts. Yet the trend seems to be reversing, with music education not as appreciated as it used to be. Before music is condemned and removed from schools on the basis of its supposed costs it is important to know that music makes the education system more well-rounded and relevant for the student. Rather than making excuses about what music education is taking away, it is important for us to understand what music education provides.

Here are 8 things every music teacher wants you to understand:

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1. Music is an outlet for creativity and self-expression

Every music teacher would want you to know that exposing students to weekly music lessons, choir rehearsals, music classes and opportunities for creative movement prompts delight for students and staff alike. It is delightful to see students dance around the room without any shyness and singing along with their favorite song in a voice that is clear and strong. Even if it is out of tune, music offers you laughter and powerful moments of expressing your creativity and inner self.

2. Music is a tool for self-discipline

Music education provides much more than an opportunity to express one’s self, it also instills self-discipline. Students who practice their musical instruments each day are able to develop similar habits when it comes to other subjects as well. Discipline that is learned through the desire to be great at something also increases the student’s organizational skills.

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3. Music is a uniting force

Another thing music does is build teamwork. Music is a uniting force. This is why choristers and band members learn to understand the importance of being a reliable member of a group. Music helps to educate people on the importance of being a team player, rather than only focusing on the benefits of being the star.

4. Music promotes responsibility

If you are the only the only bass player in a school, then you quickly learn and understand why you have to show up for rehearsals and deliver. You understand that people count on you and your strength helps every other member of the band. Music prompts students to accept responsibility and meet their commitments.

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5. Music promotes self-esteem

There are kids who don’t excel academically but can find a sense of purpose and enjoyment in making music. Music offers students the opportunity to shine when they may not achieve highly in other academic subjects. In doing so, music education can make schools more inclusive and serve to build a child’s self-esteem.

6. Music is beneficial to the community

Music education doesn’t only benefit the child or the student, it also benefits their community. Music education benefits bands, church choirs, and local theaters. Such rich benefits add to the cultural life of the student’s community.

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7. Music boosts a student’s cognitive ability

Scientists have learned that improving your ability to read music or play a musical instrument improves your cognitive ability. Music helps the student excel at problem-solving, analysis, and evaluation.

8. Music is universal

Good music can be found everywhere as the language of music is universal. Music is a hugely profitable international industry that intersects with many other fields and industries. Hence, students may use their education to foster a rewarding career in music. Regardless, learning music can create a sense of pride and accomplishment in a student that can last a lifetime. With music you can pursue excellence, self-worth and personal profit- as well as enjoying the opportunity to learn a universal language.

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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

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