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ENGLISH FOR WRITTENCOMMUNICATION
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION..........................................................................................................................1Role of music and art education in the development of child.........................................................1Education curriculum in Malaysian schools...................................................................................2Current issues in arts curriculum of Malaysian schools.................................................................3Strategies to encourage music and arts in schools..........................................................................5CONCLUSION...............................................................................................................................6REFERENCES...............................................................................................................................8
INTRODUCTIONThe education is defined as the method to facilitate the knowledge, skills, learnings,beliefs, values and habits. The academic curriculum plays a significant role in formulating thestrong education base and the overall development and growth of the children. Thus it is veryessential that these curriculum must include various subjects such as arts, literature, science,sports as well as music (Augustine, Yi & Wong, 2016). However corresponding to theimportance of primary subjects, music and arts are given less priority in academics.The essay will discuss the importance of these subjects in the complete growth of childand its current perspective in Malaysian schools. It will also discuss various challenges which arefaced by the authorities to implement such courses in education. Thus the thesis statement for theessay is : “Significance of arts and music in education and its implementation in Malaysianschools”Role of music and art education in the development of childArt education and music are not mere entertainment or light hearted subjects instead theyare among critical subjects which not only groom the knowledge of child but also encourages thepositive and innovative perspective towards life. In primary schools this education motivateschild to adopt school environment more easily and comfortably (Barton, 2018). For examplethere are many children who do not enjoy the complex subjects but are ready to attend school fora half hour music or art lecture. These subjects also helps students to identify their excellentinnovative and musical skills.For the development of young children music can help in developing a betterunderstanding of words, sounds, language. Thus their inclusion in academics from primary levelcan improve the cognitive and learning capabilities of child (Getting in tune with musiceducation,2018). However most of the people assumes that these two subjects are not beneficialinstead they are mere wastage of time. The knowledge of arts from childhood can also motivatestudents to take their skills at tertiary levelwhich can help them in future to adopt it as brightcareer option.The musical training to students in early ages leads to better growth of brain areasassociated with reasoning and language. Skills such as co-ordination, emotional bonding, patternrecognition, team work and creativity cannot be developed effectively without having good sense1
of music and arts. The current education system focuses on making the child highly skilled sothat they can sustain their value in this globally connected world. For this purpose multiplelanguages and technical skills are taught to child (Ghazali & Bennett, 2017).However with such pressure of academics everyday sessions of these subjects can makethis education journey of the child quite relaxing. Irrespective of future path of careers the artisticskills are essential in every aspect of life for making life innovative and joyful. It is importantthat the equal efforts must be given to these non-summative subjects. Unlike maths, science andlanguage subjects arts may not provide the solutions to real life problems but it can help childrento understand the problems with more positive approach and peace.Art education supports the growth of cognitive skills, verbal abilities and critical thinkingin child. Thus the role of art education or music cannot be denied in school curriculum. Ifschools does not provide the knowledge of music and arts then it is quite possible that most ofthe students may not develop creativity and efficient skills which can become their career optionin future (Ooi, 2017). It is also possible that the children who does not belong to wealthy familiesmay never get a chance to analyse and experience these beautiful aspects of life which areinvolved in every phase of the life.Education curriculum in Malaysian schoolsIn Malaysian primary schools music and arts are the compulsory subjects, however theyare not given the same level of importance and attention as the other subjects which havesummative examinations. Music, arts and cultural knowledge can help Malaysia to establishitself as culturally strong and to educate its young generation about the cultural value and historyof their nation. Music curriculum is implemented in both primary and secondary schools ofMalaysia.The musical course in schools of Malaysia includes the aspect such as artistic andcreativity development and expression, aesthetic perception and experience of different types ofmusic. These aspects are for the primary level schools (Wen, 2016). For secondary levelMalaysian schools the subject includes the traditional music, instrumental knowledge andlearning of musical skills. In primary schools music education is essential for the students andthus they have to learn it. However the time allocated for such activities is very low like one hourin a week which makes it less effective in terms of delivery of knowledge.2
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