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The positive effect of music programs on students in school

Music not only helps students academically, it builds character and helps students become better members of their community

Although music classes are often thought to be something students just take for fun, instructors say they’re more than that, and can strengthen young people’s emotional-well being and improve their academic performance. 

“I deeply believe that learning music has a great benefit for kids in school since playing music teaches us the value of hard work, commitment, care, discipline, and focus in order to succeed,” said Jason Sia, a concert pianist in Citrus Heights who gives lessons to aspiring students. “Studies show that learning a musical instrument can improve critical thinking, mathematics skills, and language. It maximizes learning and memory skills.” 

Sia said music not only helps students academically, but also in building character to become better members of their community. 

“Learning music improves behavioral aspects since music nurtures love and creativity, builds empathy, and helps kids manage stress,” Sia said. “The beauty of learning music enriches kids in all of their daily lives to become better and caring people as they grow and become part of a greater community.”

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The music program at Mira Loma High School includes not just a band, but also other classes, such as concert choir and music appreciation, in which students can learn about the history of musicians.

The director of the music department, Michael McAllister, said students need music in their lives.

“I have always worried about our students not having the time to pursue music because of their overly demanding academic schedule,” he said. “All work and no play makes Jack (and or Jill) a dull boy (or girl).”

McAllister said potential school changes in the school schedule could extend the music program’s positive influence. 

I believe the efforts to change our schedule to include a seven period day (or possibly the rolling eight) will be very helpful for the music program,” McAllister said. “This change will open more opportunities for our students to participate in music, which is currently lacking at ML.”

Hayden Liu, a student in the band program, said the program hasn’t just helped him musically but also in other ways.

“It gave me the opportunity to continue my passion for music in a really supportive environment,” Liu said. He added, “Being able to play at the various concerts and sports games has given me some really great memories with friends I would never have had otherwise.”


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Rishi Upadhyay
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Hello! My name is Rishi Upadhyay, and I am currently a senior at Mira Loma High School. I enjoy reading, writing, playing the piano, and traveling. I love being near the ocean, and my favorite place to visit is Hawaii.
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