Music Education and Social Emotional Learning
Engaging in learning and making music plays an important role in supporting students’ mental health as they confront the current challenges of fears over the pandemic, distance learning, and related impact on their lives. A standards-based music education, which is part of a well-rounded education, also assists students in learning how to cope with anxiety and build self-efficacy while developing self-awareness and self-management. Now more than ever, students need music and arts education to support their social and emotional well-being.
Music education and arts education contributes to the development of students’ creativity and critical thinking capacities, preparing them to enter and contribute to California’s creative economy. During these difficult times it is important that this development continues uninterrupted. We believe music in difficult times provides joy, supports lifelong learning, and builds culture that contributes to California’s rich culture and economy.