Value of music plays a vital role on a person’s emotions. The essence being a harmonious production of melodious sounds. Man, after the day’s toil and troubles, found ease and relaxed in music and dance; rhythm itself is a great tranquilizer. Music has the undoubted power of composing emotional disturbance and restoring the mind to tranquility
The study and cultivation of music will certainly enliven the daily life of the average man. Often laborers engaged in hard work, sing a song to relieve the strain on muscles. Martial songs have had their part to play in winning battles. So music should be made a part of life. Study of music also will train our taste and our ears, so that in time, we will be accepting nothing that is not of high excellence. Therefore, the sooner music is incorporated as a compulsory subject of study the better, for our education and culture.
This value of music in the educational system has been recognized in the West where boys and girls are given basic training at the school stage.
Melody fits into a social scheme where dance and music have an important place. In ancient India, students had to learn to chant the Vedas. The tune helped memorize the text. Specialized training was imparted to those who exhibited notable aptitude in this direction. Usually in our country, such training was received privately from Gurus or maestros in the art in the private schooling or gurukula system.
In Europe there are colleges like the Royal Academy of Music and the London School of Music, to impart the necessary training and to hold examinations. No one recognized the value of music in education more than Rabindranath Tagore. At Viswa Bharathi, he made the Faculty of Music to make music an integral part of education. Musical Academies have also been established by other States and Union Govt. Institutions such as the Bangiya Sangeeth Parishad also offer examinations that help assess the standard and deliver a certification that will serve to establish ones musical credentials.
Music has a religious connection everywhere. So there is something in music that exhilarates. Children have a natural taste for music and it is certainly desirable to introduce music as a compulsory subject of study in the lower stages of schools, to encourage the cultivation of music from the earliest years. It will have a valuable effect on the entire scholastic life of our students. It will bring joy in an atmosphere heavy with pressing, dreary academic routine.