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The Arts Enrich Us All

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“In the push for quality math, science, technical, humanities, and other programs, please be sure that the arts are not ignored or pushed to one side. Provide your political support for the total curriculum. The arts enrich all of us.”

~ Dr. Richard Miller, Executive Director American Association of School Administrators

Teens Indicate Making Music Provides Freedom To Be Comfortable and Relaxed

“Teens indicate making music provides the freedom for teens to just be themselves; to be different; to be something they thought they could never be; to be comfortable and relaxed in school and elsewhere in their lives.”

~ Shehan Campbell, Patricia. Adolescents’ Expressed Meanings of Music In and Out of School

Music In Schools Helps Students Connect With Each Other Better

With music in schools, students connect to each other better – greater camaraderie, fewer fights, less racism and reduced use of hurtful sarcasm.

~ Jensen, E., Arts With the Brain In Mind, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001

The Arts Are Keys That Unlock Understanding and Accomplishment

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.”

~ William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education

Arts Education Aids Students In The Ability To Learn New Skills

“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

~ Joseph M. Calahan, Director of Cooperate Communications, Xerox Corporation

The Strength of Every Democracy Is Measured By Arts Commitment

“The rapidly evolving global economy demands a dynamic and creative workforce. The arts and its related businesses are responsible for billions of dollars in cultural exports for this country. It is imperative that we continue to support the arts and arts education both on the national and local levels. The strength of every democracy is measured by its commitment to the arts.”

~ Charles Segars, CEO of Ovation

Music Helps Students Focus More Clearly On Tasks

“Students of all ages – that includes adults – generally find that music helps them focus more clearly on the task at hand and puts them in a better mood for learning.”

~ Chris Brewer, founder of LifeSounds Educational Services, quoted in “Boost Memory and Learning with Music,” pbs.org, Cheri Lucas.

Students Who Play An Instrument Have Large Growth Of Neural Activity

Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a nonmusician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain.”

~ Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The John Hopkins University, quoted in “The Benefits of Music Education,” pbs.org, Laura Lewis Brown.