Most of us who keep up with world events know that as the national economy fluctuates so does funding for school arts programs. Music, drama, art, and band classes are reduced, and sometimes eliminated entirely, when the economy takes a turn for the worse. For art supporters and enthusiasts, this is terrible news that has long lasting consequences well after the middle and high school years are over. Here are a few of the reasons why arts programs need to be saved.
- According to several studies there is a relationship between sustained involvement in instrumental music across middle and high school and high level math proficiency in grade 12, particularly for students from low income families.
- Keyboard and vocal studies contribute to increase math, spatial, and science abilities.
- Music programs have led to a rise in motivation in students who are looking for a way to socialize in school.
- Music provides children and young adults a chance to participate in school in a way that is not possible in the classroom or on the sports field.
- The loss of music programs disproportionately impacts low income families who do not have access to music privately. By eliminating these programs, towns and cities are turning their backs on the most vulnerable among us.
- Music and arts classes provide a balance for the academic side of learning in schools and give students a chance to pursue their passions.
As Americans decide where they allocate funds in their school districts, it is important to recognize the benefit of the arts for students and the consequences that will result if arts education is missing from their lives.