Supporting music is supporting creativity and free thought. So two things:
Firstly, support music education because music helps with so many valuable skills that can apply to all of life. It helps with memorization. Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization really helps in school and the real world. Music increases coordination. students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well. Also, students learn pattern recognition. Playing music offers repetition in a fun way. Music helps fine-tune auditory skills. Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds. Students who practice music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise. Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. The best thing is that it helps kids learn to express themselves. Learning music promotes a want to better yourself, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. Studies say that music also helps with emotional development, music students can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety because music can be relaxing. Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping little kids relax which is great thing to have in the school system. So support music teachers, they are the ones who make this happen. The initiatives to get music education more funding, stand behind them.
Secondly, support local music and support local music venues. Support the little businesses with a special section in the back filled with second-hand couches and a makeshift stage where local kids can create music and express themselves. Don’t let live music die. When you find a band in your town don’t just assume that since they aren’t famous they aren’t good. You don’t have to like them but at the very least listen to them and if you have a friend who likes that style TELL THEM! If you like the band GO SEE THEM PLAY! Buy their music, wear their merch, and I repeat GO TO SHOWS! When people show up, even if you can’t donate a thousand dollars to get them on their feet of something, it means something, it shows the band that what they are doing is worth it. One day you could be sitting on that second-hand couch with the sketchy stain jamming out to a undiscovered local group of kid’s band that can’t get their parents to support them let alone a label and then a year later you are standing in a stadium watching the same group of kids open for a famous band. Support your kids if they are involved with music. “They aren’t going to get anywhere they need to have bigger aspirations” Deary…..tell that to The Rolling Stones who have had the second top grossing tour of all time….don’t sell your kid short, encourage them to achieve, and yes tell them they probably aren’t going to make hundreds let alone millions their first gig. Making the gas money to drive back to the house is an accomplishment. Encourage them to explore other passions but also realize that music is just as valuable. This goes for all performers not just the local punk band. If your kid wants to play violin for a symphony or if they want to play bass in a thrash metal band encourage them and even if you hate that music GO AND SUPPORT THEM! (if they ask you to and suggest it if they don’t) Support your friends and get the word out about shows and things. If your friend has a music blog share it 😉 Promote them and help them get the word out. Support creativity, free thinking, rebellion from social norms, expression, and passion. SUPPORT MUSIC!