The WSS Encourages Education
To Be

Broader Minded.

An Awareness Initiative in Partnership with NAf ME
What is the role of music in educating our nation’s students? Today’s educational culture places a high value on quantifying academic achievement. Gauging student progress and learning is clearly important, but the true mission of education lies in shaping the students behind the scores, and “bubble tests” can only measure so much.

Studies have shown positive links between engagement with music and academic achievement. While important, these data are still a small part of the big picture. Music helps develop the student behind the score—students who are curious, motivated, engaged, and confident in their ability to succeed in our society.

Music nurtures assets and skills that are critical to future success, including creativity, curiosity, determination, and motivation. In other words, it’s time to think beyond the bubbles. Join the broader-minded movement.

Why is music a core component of education?

  • Music students have a unique opportunity to receive immediate feedback and to reflect on their progress, make needed adjustments, and improve based on their own observations of their performance.
  • Students learn the value of discipline, determination, and “grit”—achieving goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Students get the chance to fail, and try again. They gain confidence and self-understanding, and learn to manage better their emotions and decision-making processes.
  • Students get the chance to develop a greater emotional awareness through music, particularly during collaboration, and to consider the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Students get the chance to develop a tolerance for process. They refine their thinking as part of the creative process; they gain the ability to re-evaluate goals and adjust approaches to an objective.

The Winston-Salem Symphony believes that music education is invaluable in developing successful students. Music shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them. It allows for deep engagement with learning. It nurtures assets and skills that are critical to future success. Because of the special qualities and skills it helps to instill, we believe that music is essential to a superior 21st-century education.

This is the broader-minded argument for music education. It’s about bringing balance back to the curriculum, and the ways in which music offers opportunities to excel. We’re bringing the focus back to the student, not the score.

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The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.