Music as powerful engine
Music is a powerful engine in many ways, especially in education. As an important component of our everyday life and aside from being enjoyable, music can enhance our creativity, energize us and also educate. Its capability to show us huge diversity going through many different forms is just remarkable.And at the same time, it connects people on the emotional, social and mental level.
In multicultural societies by celebrating the heritage and promoting intercultural differences music can break down barriers among various cultural, racial and language groups. This can be done in elementary, secondary schools and also colleges and universities. Music is a great gateway to study other cultures as well as the importance of local music.
Each person understands music differently, and this is influenced by their society and their nature. That is why education should support equitable participation to all individuals to contribute developing diversity. Considering and appreciating people’s uniqueness and connecting it to a sense of belonging to a group are basics of further education. Respecting language rights, preserving different cultural heritages is the best way of showing how much you respect others also like yourself.
Developing games, workshops or music classes are a great introduction to a world of knowledge about democracy and diversity and could be much more interesting and more absorbing. We could say that a feeling of free political expression and free musical expression are inseparable. Musical metaphors are very often in political movements and theories regarded as political communication. More radical and more musical democracy provides much stronger influence and embraces the spirit of humanity much easier.
Approaching diversity in schools:
As a country becomes increasingly diverse, it is very important for students in every music school to study a completive variety of musical styles, cultures and genres. Teachers and students should be encouraged to make music from all around the world. This is much easier when teacher workforce in school is more diverse. Creating a more diverse music educator workforce supports the connection between community and school, and it makes a better match to students that they teach. The student should always be allowed regardless of race, economic status, religious background, sexual orientation and identity to participate in the making of music within their schools. Including all forms and types of music in the classroom allows the student to explore and expand their creativity, language, and communication as much as music literacy.
Excluding groups and building barriers between individuals do not develop democratic growth in our classrooms rather they improve fear and prevent equality. The classroom should be a place where diversity is integrated and embraced. Fortunately, today, thanks to much easier approach to any information, individuals are in a position to learn and express themselves in many ways. It has been proven to help students learn, grow and thrive.