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The Influence of General Books and Music Study Guide on Children’s Music Education
Using the well-known fact that music education raises a child’s IQ by up to 40 percent,
we can now consider how music study guide and general reading books can help our
Presently, mankind, having achieved enormous strides in the field of technology,
continues to invent new means of receiving and distributing information almost daily.
Radios, TVs, computers, and the Internet are now a normal way of life. Do you know
that all information received doubles every year and a half due to the general acceleration
These days, we and our children do not need to go to the bookstores and libraries.
We can easily find the music study guide or general reading book we are looking for
on the Internet. Moreover, if we have no time to sit and read, we can record the
audio version of the book and listen to it while driving, walking, or doing any other
activity that doesn’t require much reflection. There are also video books. Certainly,
these adaptable gadgets are very convenient and we should be grateful to people who
invent things to make our lives easier and help us save precious time.
Our children, looking at us, try to copy the things we do. Receiving news in the
“easier” version, for example from the TV, the new generation began to read less.
On one hand it is normal. But if you want your child to play music without losing
interest, he has to read a lot – both general reading as well as music study guide.
While reading, a child increases his vocabulary and intelligence. Your imagination
automatically “turns on” when you read something exciting.
Have you ever read books in which the author describes what his protagonists see
around them? For example, dark-blue skies; dewdrops on a blade of grass; dense, white
fog the colour of milk above the river in the early morning, etc. Some people omit
such descriptive passages in books so as not to miss a string of events, action,
adventure, and learn what happens next.
Every single small detail is important for our children during reading. Just after
birth, a child is like a white, blank, pure sheet of paper. The person he grows up
to be will depend on the information, knowledge, skills, and abilities that we, as
adults, will teach and give him. Even the child’s personality and habits are literary
copied from the behaviour of other people. And again, books, including music study
guide, play the huge role in this. The contents of the books are imperceptibly recorded
and stored somewhere deep in human subconscious.
You might agree, but you might also wonder what this has to do with music education.
I will ask you another question. Have you ever heard a piece of music that has deeply
touched you? This piece can amuse you, make you pensive and even make you cry…
It happens because two very important moments coincided. First, the composer, who
wrote the music, managed to convey with absolute precision not only his mood during
the creation of this piece, but also a picture that he had in his mind. And second,
the person, who played the piece, had these images available in a databank in his
A child, who doesn’t read much of books or music study guide, can not open and express
the beauty of a musical piece only because he memorizes the notes. There is a unique,
direct connection between reading and the expression of feelings.
If you pay attention to people who read a lot and learn from a music study guide,
you will notice that their speech is more beautiful and rich in comparison with those
who don’t read much. The same is true for a child. The more he reads, the better
his understanding of social surroundings and the easier it is for him to understand
emotions and feelings and to express them in a musical piece.