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Music should be a part of school education.

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Started: 2/27/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I will take pro.

A child learning about music must tap into multiple skill sets, often all at once. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as other small and large muscles, so the skill sets get stronger.

According to the Children's Music Workshop, the effect of music education on development can be seen in the brain. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language.

Similarly, linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds. Fifty Nifty United States is a good example.

Music can also introduce new cultures, as well as extending their vocabulary in general. Cognitive benefits include learning how to count and recognizing patterns.




I look forward to your argument!



I will happily accept this challenge.
For the first round of this debate, I hope to clearly address the expense of the music programs in the year 2012 as my beginning counterpoint.

Music programs are too expensive and may not be affordable:
- The expense of music has been reported to be $187 annually as of 2012- according to the NAMM. This totals to $2,431. The reported costs of tuition, according to the NCES, has been a total of $11,093 for grades K-12 as of 2012-2013. This comes out to an annual cost of nearly $853.30.
- The average salary as of 2012 according to the US Social Security Administration is $44,321.67. Using the "Cost of Living Estimator" on Numbeo and assuming that this is accurate to 2012, the cost of living in Des Moines Iowa, for example, is $3,578.58 per month, totaling to $42,942.96 which is approximately at 96% of the average salary of 2012.* The problem here is that this total, while accounting for 4 people, does not clearly cover children- in other words, schooling may be adding on to that total- extending the cost of living by $2080.60 ( assuming that two of the four in the 'family' are children). This brings the total cost of living to $45,023.50, approximately .2% over salary, or $701.83 over salary.

*One thing to note is that when I used the "cost of Living Estimator" I was assuming that; the 'family' of four does not smoke, drink, rides cars 'a lot', NEVER goes out to eat, takes two vacations, buys clothing and shoes 'a lot', never has rent, and has sports memberships. The reason I choose these options was to get a 'random' and possible estimate of a family of four.

NAMM, music program cost of $187-

NCES, total K-12 cost of $11,093-

US Social Security Administration, salary of $44,321.67-

my "Cost of Living Estimator"-

This will be my first debate so I appreciate you having it with me.
Looking forward to hearing from you and I appreciate your patience with me!
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you to my opponent for the argument...
I did not say you had to go out and look for a private teacher, one at school would do fine to help relieve stress, it can even be optional-we just need to choice of a music program in school. We don't even need to have band or orchestra, the cheapest option that's music related would be fine.


Not a problem! You make valid points about the cognitive benefits of the music program but price tags are a big issue in education today. With such a limited school budget, even taking up another classroom would have a unfavorable price tag. This article- addressing a proposal for tax hikes to cover a substantial school defecit- was written by Avi Wolfman-Arent of the WHYY and published today (3/1/2018). (1) In the article the journalist writes "The mayor"s plan, released Thursday, would send a projected $980 million to the School District of Philadelphia over the next five years. That money would ward off any potential cuts and give the district long-term financial stability it hasn"t enjoyed in years." The key here is that last line: "long-term financial stability it hasn't enjoyed in years." Some of these schools are suffering, even letting go of staff members to cover for their losses. If we were to even consider implementing a music program in these schools, we would need to act very cautiously around the budget. Most likely, there's simply no room for it in the budget.

However, if my opponent believes that it is a possibility, I would challenge them to come up with a proposal for a music program that would be A) frugal, B) not require a new teacher ( supposing there would be no budget to pay the salary of a well-educated and trained music teacher), C) meet the requirements of the state and national education laws and expectations, D) have an equal or similar effect to that of another music program.
Thanks everyone and good luck, friend. Have a good few days until we meet in Round 3! (Or sooner, of course.)
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Arganger 3 years ago
I kinda want to take it, but if I do it might get too personal.
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