“Every student in the nation should have an education in the arts.”
This is the opening statement of “The Value and Quality of Arts Education: A Statement of Principles,” a document from the nation’s ten most important educational organizations, including the American Association of School Administrators, the National Education Association, the National Parent Teacher Association, and the National School Boards Association.
If public education is to help all our children reach their individual potential and serve the collective good of our society, music must be a part of the education of all American children. The No Child Left Behind act defines “core academic subjects” as English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography. Music, as a valued part of culture, is a birthright of every child. In addition, learning music in school contributes to student achievement in four important categories:
*Success in society
*Success in school and learning
*Success in developing intelligence
*Success in life
(MENC. 2009. The Benefits of the Study of Music)