Music and Sports
Our society is obsessed with competitive sports. The high salaries paid to professional athletes, scholarship benefits at the collegiate level and the millions generated each year by sports franchises clearly demonstrate the value we place on team sports. Our schools and organized programs for kids also reflect this, with their demanding traveling and practice schedules.
Certainly participation in sports activity is good for physical and mental health. However, today most sports are not played to develop all players evenly. Only the best players participate, and others sit on the bench.
A rather surprising chapter in the book Sports in School made the point that the coming information and service based economy will require skills such as reasoning, creativity, assessment, and data management. Discipline, perseverance, and teamwork are benefits of both sports participation and music. But the evidence of a link between music and academic performance suggests that music may be a better value for students. Furthermore, the unhealthy competitive structure of sports, which produces winners and losers and allows only a small proportion of players to regularly participate, is absent in musical performance, where all work together toward a common goal and no one is excluded on the basis of ability (Patterson, 2000).