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Saving Music and Art Education

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Kaeli Puopolo

on 26 May 2011

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Transcript of Saving Music and Art Education

Saving Music and Art Education: Failure is Not An Option Benefiting the Brain Benefiting Test Scores Benefiting Our Future Research completed by the university of Michigan states, "It has been shown to enhance abstract and spatia-temproal reasoning skills; enhance aural, visual, memory and language skills; develop quick and decisive thinking and could possibly raise IQ scores" (Murphy). Studying music and the arts transforms immature students into impressive pupils. Music education also makes students more responsible outside of the educational setting by encouraging good morals and social bonds. As a result, students will be positively affected for the rest of their educational career and life. A curriculum with music and arts as its' foundation has shown to improve scores dramtically. Over a period of 5 years, a school in Texas increased test scores, "215% in math, 71% in reading, and 39% in writing"("Arts and Ecuation"). Data shows that in 2006, students studying fine arts scored almost 2,000 points higher on the SAT's then those who hadn't taken fine arts study. It is said that music and art education, ".. can bridge the performance gap that exists between different socioeconomic groups" ("Arts and Education"). No Child Left Behind Legislation The No Child Left Behind legislation enacted in 2001 has since limited the presence of music and art education throughout the country. President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, Robert Lynch states, "Since the passage of NCLB, 22 percent of elementart school leaders surveyed reported a decline in their art and music instruction" ("The No Child Left Behind Act and Arts Programs"). "In California, for example, participation in music courses dropped 46 percent from 1999-2000 through 2000-2004.." (Smith). Importance 23 out of 30 students at CASH state they have participated in music for over 7 years. Out of these 23 students, fifteen, over half, classified themselves as "A" students with a high GPA. 22 out of the 23 students said they participated in Honors and AP courses. In our own school, music and art education proves its' positive effects on students and their achievments. Why is this education disappearing? Budget NCLB and Several schools blame the lack of music and art education on the ever shrinking budget of schools throughout the United States. Funds for music and art education can be easily obtained through fundraising. At CASH, the music program recieves the income from both the home and away concession stand. Also, the money invested in things insubordinate to music and arts education can easily be cut. No, the football team does not need an indoor practice field. Although the No Child Left Behind legislation mandates art as one of the core subject areas, these courses are disappearing before our eyes. Since music and arts are incapable of being evaluated by state testing, these classes are often completely cut out of the curriculum. Officials need to recognize the positive impact music and art education bring to state test scores. National SAT scores :
students with fine arts vs. students without fine arts As shown in the graph, the impact of music and art education is astronomical. Why are these coursing disappearing? Destroying the Gap Music and art education assists in filling that seperation upper class and lower class children experience in the classroom. Upper class children take trips to educational places like the theatre and museums more often than those children in the lower class. As a result, upper class students have an advantage in the classroom. By giving the lower class an oppurtunity to be exposed to music and art, inequality in the classroom would no longer exist. Music education presents everyone with the oppurtunity to truly meet their full potential if they are willing. Without Music Education? Grades would slip Students would Backfire The final hope for some students, will be taken. Overall, Keep music and art education Benefit YOUR Brain! Benefit YOUR Test Scores! Benefit YOUR Future!
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