Music Truths Posts

Arts Education Is Essential For Student Achievement

“The arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems, and increase the odds students will go on to graduate from college. As First Lady Michelle Obama sums up, both she and the President believe ‘strongly that arts education is essential for building innovative thinkers who will be our nation’s leaders for tomorrow.’ “

~ Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

The Arts Are Essential To The Success Or Our Kids

“The arts are central to who we are as a people, and they are central to the success of our kids. This is not an afterthought. This is not something you do because it’s nice to do. It is necessary for these young people to succeed that we promote the arts.”

~ Barack Obama, Former President of the United States

The Arts Provide The Total Curriculum

“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

Making Music Provides Freedom To Be Comfortable and Relaxed For Teens

“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 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 An Essential Element of Education

“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 With The Ability To Solve Problems

“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 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