Music, music education, cognitive development, Rudolf Steiner, Shinichi Suzuki, Waldorf, Standardized testing, American public schools, holistic, family


Music Education


Professor Ryan Lafferty


This research provides reasoning for the importance of music education in America's schools. Music education is an integral ingredient in the cognitive development of the child- benefiting long term functions such as speech and language skills, memory, creativity, critical thinking, and general intelligence. Music allows a child to develop into their whole selves, encouraging the growth of their fullest potential. Various educational philosophies, such as the Rudolf Steiner philosophy and the Suzuki method describe the significance of this and outline substancial ways in which this integration is made possible. These philosophies are defined and discussed within this paper. Finally, insight on the role of family in the music education of a child within the context of the current education system in America is acknowledged alongside recommendations.