Music education is an integral component of a well-rounded education. It develops skills needed by the 21st century workforce: critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, team work and more.
Studying music helps students to achieve higher levels of achievement in other academic subjects like math, science and reading. Music improves the atmosphere for learning and helps communities share ideas and values among cultures and generations.
Music keeps students engaged in school and music students are less likely to drop out. It is a disciplined human endeavor with intrinsic value to society.
There are many students in my school program who benefit from borrowing school-loaned instruments, sixth grade through the high school years. Without the opportunity to borrow an instrument these students would miss out on a wonderful opportunity to learn fun, valuable skills that enhance their education and can last a lifetime.
Orchestra Director, Spotsylvania Middle School