"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 ten of the nation's 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
The basic statement is unlikely to be challenged
by anyone involved in education. In the sometimes harsh reality
of limited time and funding for instruction, however, the
inclusion of the arts in every student's education can sometimes
be relegated to a distant wish rather than an exciting reality.
It doesn't have to be that way.
All that is needed is a clear message, clearly
sent to all those who must make the hard choices involved
in running a school or school system. The basic message that
music programs in the school help our kids and communities
in real and substantial ways is eloquently mapped out in Music
of the Heart. You can use the eloquence of the movie and the
real-life story on which it is based to move decision-makers
to make the right choices. And you can tell them about the
benefits of music education on the basis of the growing body
of convincing research.
Music study is its own reward. And music
education confers additional benefits, which can be grouped
in four categories:
1. Success in society
2. Success in school
3. Success in developing intelligence
4. Success in life
We firmly believe that, presented with the
many and manifest benefits of music education, officials at
all levels will unversally support a full, balanced, sequential
course of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.
And every student will have an education
in the arts.